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2019-2020 B1G Men's Basketball (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by LitlBuck, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    despite losing ward, msu will no doubt be the conference favorite heading into the season and should start the season at #1 depending on what happens with uva through the draft. ward was fine coming in off the bench after the injury, but tillman proved to be an upgrade. that's going to be a scary team as long as langford stays healthy. winston, watts, henry, langford, and tillman will be at least as good as any team's best five. a very fast team, too.

    i'd expect izzo to pick up a grad transfer big since ward's letter appears definitive. all they have to back up tillman is kithier. i'm not assuming that bingham will add enough weight to be an adequate post defender.
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2019
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  2. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    Winston staying isn't the decision a lot of guys in his position would make, but then again Nick Ward leaving is like the other side of that coin. In this day and age, it is certainly unusual for the hoops star who wins B1G POY to return the following season.
     
  3. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    most conference players-of-the-year find themselves on draft boards, though. even after his march, i don't think winston found himself on many -- if any -- draft boards. now you could say that kbd was in a similar spot last year. however, like ward, kbd had been in college for 4 years. guys who have been through 4 years of college and who have graduated usually want to get paid... somewhere.

    in pretty much every way, cassius winston is mateen cleaves.
     
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  4. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    Agreed that Tillman ended up being an upgrade over Ward. Besides Kithier and Bingham they also have Julius Marble coming in, he's more of a 6'8 strength/power guy, but it probably wouldn't hurt to add a grad transfer big if they can.
     
  5. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    Ayo Dosunmu isn't even testing the waters, he is going to be a beast for Illinois next season.
     
  6. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    i was very wrong last year about northwestern being a surprise in our conference. nonetheless, i'm going with that state's other big ten program for next season's surprise. now that they understand underwood's system a little better, the illini should be a very tough out. kofi will give them the back-end protection that giorgi did not. cockburn may not be a flyswatter, but he's a man-child who will give fits to post players like kaleb.
     
  7. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    Cleaves was a lottery pick. Back in 1999, players tended to be more likely to stay in school than nowadays when their NBA stock was not first round worthy.
     
  8. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    are you really going to nitpick on that? after what i stated, you think mateen cleaves ultimately being the 14th draft pick somehow means the parallels between winston and cleaves are not numerous? note that i said "in pretty much every way" -- not "in every way."

    how about...?

    point guard

    cleaves - check
    winston - check

    from tsun

    cleaves - check
    winston - check

    blue chip recruit

    cleaves - check
    winston - check

    chose msu

    cleaves - check
    winston - check

    btpoy as a junior


    cleaves - check
    winston - check

    all-american as a junior


    cleaves - check
    winston - check

    final four as a junior

    cleaves - check
    winston - check

    surprised many (including you) by returning

    cleaves - check
    winston - check
     
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  9. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    Yeah, talent-wise there is no reason the Illini shouldn't be a T30-ish team next season, especially with how Giorgi B has panned out for them.
     
  10. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    grad transfer Haanif Cheatham, as expected, commits to Hoiberg and Nebraska. think he probably starts at wing forward for them next season.
     
  11. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    During the Jordan game, I also got to see Rocket Watts, the MSU signee, play a bit. Yeah, you could say they're not going to miss McQuaid. Watts is gonna be a star at MSU.
     
  12. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    Major pick up for Minny in Isaiah Ihnen, one of the top international prospects and top recruit out of Germany, 4-star T100 6'9 PF. Gophers starting to look in mighty fine shape if they can get Coffey back.
     
  13. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck I Don't Want Any Trouble but People Need Banners!

    SPIRES Academy might as well be located in East Lansing …same next recruiting cycle.
     
  14. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    this kills the nit.

     
  15. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    I guess Rasir decided his first season was a good enough audition for a program that is not PSU.
     
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