twballgame9 wrote:You confuse fast break offense with full court press defense. Cornell didn't fast break any slower than any other team, they just didn't full court presses to speed up the offense. They are not Kentucky of Pitino or Arkansas of Richardson, both of which attempted to generate points with defense.
But they were a fast break offense. If your point is that Cornell had slower guys, so they were athletically less fast in running the break, I just note again that if physical speed is a problem on the break then you dribble too much. Regardless, if this is your point, BC will have no issues with Daniels at the point and the guys running the wing.
The Don runs an up tempo, fast break and quick shot offense that relies on smart players and good passers.
This type of up tempo offense wears out players, particularly big men that are running basket to basket rather than wing to wing.
BC has the players to run that offense, but not enough of them to run 10 guys out there, as the Don would like to do.
Where BC lacks the most depth is in the paint, and defensive rebounding is the catalyst for any fast break team that does not utilize the full court press defense (where turnovers are the catalyst)
Ergo and QED: BC could really use another big man.
No, I don't choose to accept this framing of the argument. The beginning of this conversation started with your position being that BC needs another big man in the class of 2013 and my position that it was not a necessity and that current personnel improvement could be adequate.
We argued for a time about the ability for players to improve their rebounding ability over time. There was no resolution.
The argument moved to your position that the tempo of Donahue's desired offensive would require additional big man depth. I assumed you were thinking about a full court press with fast break offenses, because in that instance I agree that your not getting the kind of minutes I expect our two best players to play this year. However, I was certain and you agree as it was not what you were talking about, that we will not run that kind of defense. We do not have the personnel for that.
You apparently were not and were talking about what you call a "fast break offense," the terminology of which I won't argue because you accept Cornell 2010 as an example of what you were talking about. I have no doubt we the personnel for that. That was never an argument made (by me).
Larry Foote and his 27 minutes and Ryan wittman and his 30+ and their awful backups in 2010 are my response to your position that BC's current personnel is inadequate to run that kind of offense. Caudill, Van Nest and Odio could easily be those awful backups. I happen to think Clifford > Foote and Anderson could well end up > Wittman.
Whereby it is beyond cavil that we do not need
a 2013 big man.