Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Getting the size is always wise -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple
WBB MAKING TALL A MAJOR CALL IN RECRUITING
The old joke goes...
" A successful college men's basketball coach was asked why he was making year-in and year-out NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances. He guided the question-asker to his office door. There was a sign posted on it. It read:
ALL PEOPLE 6'8" OR TALL ARE WELCOME TO WALK IN HERE AT ANY TIME. UNDER 6'8"? SEE THE RECEPTIONIST FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
And, so it goes in the world of college basketball. Talent in the post equates to rebounding, scoring, defense and wins.
Jeff Walz gets it...despite the occasional comment we get here that Walz needs to stop looking at 6'1" and shorter and get a roster graced with several 6'3" player and up.
Without any argument, I'll point out that the three generally accepted most talented players to play under Walz....Shoni Schimmel, Angel McCoughtry and Candyce Bingham...were under 6'3". But bigs are good and Walz, believe me...wants big.
He has big on the current lineup ( Erin DeGrate, Myshia Hines-Allen, Sam Fuehring, Cortnee Walton), he is currently pursuing big (Kylee Shook, Brianna Dunham, Lauren Cox, Ciera Johnson.) and he'll continue to pursue big. Along with fast, talented, athletic and scorers.
The ideal combination is that mix of scorers, players who can get the ball to the scorers, defenders and speed. It's like that perfect wave to a surfer, a wedge shot next to the pin for a golfer and fresh snow for a skier.
There is hub-bub galore that Walz is still looking to add to his 2016 recruiting class. The offer to Jensen Caretti (who is going to make a HUGE impact wherever she ends up) indicates that. The fact that the coaching staff is still out there and 2016 prospects are scheduled for on-campus visits confirms it.
If Jeff Walz says there is room on the roster...there is room on the roster. Caretti, Cox, Johnson...all aboard for the CARDINAL CANNONBALL! Kushkituah, Wyatt and those 2017 and future stars who the coaches are seeing and evaluating...grab a ticket and get on this train.
The NCAA Championship teams (take a look back) over the past several years have had balance, no doubt...but a take-over player in the post with height. Stephanie Dolson, Brit Griner, Danielle Adams, Candace Parker...to name a few. They were surrounded by excellent players and wise coaches...no doubt...but tall and talented never hurts.
Attract the interest of the bigs and the rest will follow. The Cardinal Coaches are getting in to see and landing the bigs. And, there is always room to grow...