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  1. Enjoyed the ScoopTalk…Did find it interesting that after 10 minutes of discussion, Remy Abell’s name had not been mentioned. Mark this day down if I’m wrong, but I think his contribution, especially in terms of how it well help on our perimeter defense and taking much of the pressuring of the ball stress off of Hulls, will become one of the most beneficial pluses this team has been lacking for the last 3 seasons. In addition, I think that speed and defensive “grittiness” brings an added benefit we didn’t have with a guy like Rivers. Remy also provides great open court speed with far more secure ball handling skills. I love Creek’s offensive game and hope he still has some basketball in him, but Remy looks like a very sturdy kid and his quickness and unselfish style of play is going to help in practice and in games far more than many are currently anticipating. Call me out in few months if I’m wrong.

  2. FWIW, I agree that Remy’s potential value is being understated. I’m not sure I get what you are saying about Rivers’ lack of ‘defensive grittiness’. He certainly didn’t have a well rounded game but his shortcomings were on offense. I don’t think there was anything wrong with his defense.

  3. Chet-

    Just my poor grammar. This might work better: Remy not only provides the same type of defensive “grittiness” that we had with Rivers, but he also brings to the table great open court speed and ball handling skills. I think we’ll see less turnovers when he gets his touches on the offensive end…Though some say his perimeter shot is not fabulous, I remember reading some stories from the Louisville Courier highlighting some pretty strong 3-point games in the Kentucky H.S. tournaments. He has been pegged as a primarily defensive player…I think that might be selling him quite a bit short..He has a thorough package of basketball skills with quickness and size in a sturdy frame.

    I certainly didn’t mean to criticize Rivers’ defensive contribution during the last few seasons.

  4. For What It’s Worth,
    Don’t take our not mentioning Remy as disagreement with your sentiment. Haven’t seen enough from him yet with this group to know how he’ll fit in and how exactly his game will translate, but you’re not out on a limb here at all.

  5. Dustin-

    As I said, I also have very little to go on..I haven’t seen much but a few YouTube highlights. I read some quotes from his high school coach that impressed me the most..I’m mostly banking on the kid because for whatever inexperienced and unscientific reasoning supportive my claim, he just looks to have that “it factor.” He looks clutch..Remy reminds me(especially his laid-back demeanor, speed, and physical structure) of a kid I watched play high school ball many, many years ago for a #1 ranked Michigan City Elston team. Not sure if he’ll move up into a starting role at any point this year, but I just have a hunch Remy will be extremely valuable in situations where intensity in a game moves into those critical possession moments and stretches where good decisions making and defensive tenacity can be the difference.

  6. For what it’s worth,

    Who was the player you are referring to? I too am familiar with Elston HS of decades past.

  7. Having trouble? He never went to college. If you can’t remember him, you’ll have a tough time with the Google search. This kid was the source of my passion for hoops. He was pure …but not reckless…he was removed from the mental state of what was expected of him from a coach on the sideline…He moved on the court like wind through willows and played the game that left me feeling it was all he knew.

  8. Dustin, Ryan’s dressing up as Edward Cullen from Twilight for Halloween. Right? I mean c’mon he has to. Ryan I kid.

    PB

  9. What worries me about everyone’s evaluation of this team is that you can’t take one part of a player add it to another and have a complete player.

    So, e.g., when someone says “At the point, Hulls provides the great shooting and Jones provides the mid-range game and Abell can provide the penetration and defense” I say “wait a minute!”

    This isn’t like a recipe for gumbo where you can pour a bit of each player in a bowl and have a complete player emerge.

    One guy has to be playing the point at any given moment in time. And if that guy shoots well, but can’t penetrate or play d os his guy gets by him constantly and gets our bigs in foul trouble, how does that help us?

    A team needs complete players, not “pieces.”

  10. For what it’s worth, What era was he from? He was probably a few years after the years stored in my memory but thanks for the come back. Are you from La Porte county?

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