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Chris Datres

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  1. Chris Datres

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    Had a nice chat with Coach Clark in Savannah in November. It was kinda funny that he knew the high school coach who nearly chased me out of a building after a game a few years ago. That’s a lot of institutional knowledge and strong player connections that will need to be replaced. Very nice tribute video produced for him.
  2. Chris Datres

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    When you’ve been no class your entire existence on here, you’re not just gonna magically find any. Maybe Pat should hire him since he’s God’s gift to basketball knowledge. I have said this many times - the ignore feature is a glorious thing. That and not quoting the trash will make the board experience much better.
  3. Chris Datres

    Softball wins 20 games

    When you haven’t won anything in 30 years at the same job, you make dumb decisions like saving your ace for Game 2. Lost this opportunity in the most Towson way possible.
  4. And if you were there that night and stormed the floor, here's your chance to find yourself:
  5. Chris Datres

    2023-24 Transfer Thread

    Well, if you want a stretch guy that can shoot, he could be a pretty good target. He set the Temple record for 3's in a game with 10 in the '21-22 season (albeit vs Del State) and when he's on a streak, he's dangerous. Problem is, he doesn't drive much (shot 32 free throws all year) and he's a bit of a lax defender. Given the list of teams that he's heard from, we probably don't have a shot at him. I think we can do better but I wouldn't complain if he showed up on our roster.
  6. Chris Datres

    MBB 2022-23 Review

    I think it's both. That's part of being able to recognize talent when going through the portal. A guy is D2 POY for a good reason and you create a splash by bringing him in but once you have him in the stable, how does his skill set translate to this level? There's a lot to take into account. He gets in here and has the big first game vs Albany but then sorta melts into the landscape. That then goes to player development. He wasn't a finished product when he got here (maybe he was at the D2 level) so now he has to be developed into a D1 talent. Some nights he belonged but a lot of nights he looked lost.
  7. Chris Datres

    MBB 2022-23 Review

    Random musings... --Gibson's loss was really big. He wasn't going to be missed defensively or on the boards but him going down so early caused a big hole in the lineup that not-yet-ready players Hicks and Conway had to fill immediately. That busted chemistry was a big contribution to that losing streak in December. Once they got stabilized, the loss of Gibson hurt in that he was one player who always had to be accounted for on the perimeter because of his shooting prowess. That's a big deal in a matchup scenario when you know that you can't send a double or help off a screen because leaving him would be so dangerous. Conway had his moments of being able to hit from 3 but his consistency hasn't approached Gibson's. --The fact this team should have beaten a 30-win team all three times it played it defines for me more about the group's resiliency than the season's result did. I'm pessimistic by nature with all of my teams but I was convinced that if they had beaten CoC in the semis, they were gonna beat UNCW in the final. But it was always something with these guys. --That something would be basketball IQ. That's not saying they aren't smart. But when it came down to certain situations, they'd come up small because they'd foul a 3-point shooter or they'd settle for chucking from 3 when a simple drive would open up a better shot, or they'd get caught too aggressive on a hedge and foul 30+ feet from the basket, or even worse, they'd go belly-up at the free throw line. Talent can only get you so far and coaching can only prepare you so much for the crucial situations. This team lacked for that floor leader who we could turn to that wouldn't lose his head in the final 2 minutes of a tight game. That's something I hope Conway can develop as he appears to the be the lead guard going forward. --Speaking of coaching, I'm not going to get into the tug-of-war about job security that everyone likes to speculate about here. But the biggest thing that disappoints me about this staff is player development in certain areas. There's no doubt how much Timberlake and Gibson and to a degree Hicks and Conway have improved since they first came on campus. If Sylla was the D2 player of the year, then either D2 was pretty weak in 2021-22 or he severely regressed when he stepped up in class. To wit, why was Kelsay's D2 players so much better? Nygal Russell held a lot of promise and he was good enough to start just about every game but I think we could have gotten a lot more out of him at the offensive end than we did. We also have a big man in Charles Thompson who is very good on defense (when he's not committing silly fouls 30 feet from the bucket at both ends of the floor) and on the boards but could be so much better than that weak jump hook that has become his go-to in the post. Someone needs to go the Izzo route with him and get the football pads out and just pound the crap out of him in the post and when he goes up for shots at the basket so he can get used to finishing with contact. As big and wide as he is, the jump hook should be just one secondary portion of CT's arsenal. If he is coming back for another year, he's a good keystone to build around but we can definitely get more out of him at the offensive end of the floor. A team should always improve as the season progresses and I felt like we leveled off very quickly while other conference rivals peaked when they needed to. --So where do we go next? These last 2 years were our best chance to get to the Tournament since I started at Towson in 1994. Not only have we not won a conference title in that time but we haven't even been to a conference championship game. That's something roughly 17 other eligible D1 teams (depending on your criteria) can also say. That's absurd, yes, but not unacceptable because most of us accept that March and the variances of a one-and-done situation can be a whole different animal. However, what discourages me greatly is that other coaches have come into this conference and manipulated their rosters in a short amount of time to get their team to the summit. Pat Kelsay did it in 2 years. Martin Inglesby and Zach Spiker did it in 5. Speedy may only need 3 to get Hofstra there. This offseason is giant. There can't be any more rebuilding but only building upon these last 2 semifinal runs and 46 wins in the last 2 seasons. Find the right fits in the portal, add them to what we've recruited (the kid out of Chicago seems exciting...but I'll believe it when the lights come on in a college game) and what's returning, and then develop them as the season progresses so that we can be the team that is considered a favorite.
  8. Chris Datres

    General MBB Thread 2022-23

    Make your layups and free throws. Block out and limit turnovers. The game really isn't that difficult. That 3-point line gets in everyone's head. Princeton was 4 for 25 from 3 in that game. Didn't matter.
  9. Chris Datres

    2023-24 Transfer Thread

    Had 8 pts, 8 rebs against us in that debacle back in December in a rotten shooting night by his standards. 45% from the field for the season and over 40% for his career. I’d sign up for this one.
  10. Chris Datres

    MBB falls to Charleston in Semifinals 77-72

    Are you sure about that? The same Charles you called Charmin a few weeks ago? Which is it, Dr. 2-Face Pessimist? If we could fire anyone, it would be you out of this fanbase.
  11. Chris Datres

    MBB falls to Charleston in Semifinals 77-72

    Ran numbers last night (thanks Wiki) and since we made our last trip, 85% of D1 has been to the Dance. That doesn’t include the ineligible ones but Bellarmine last year and maybe Merrimack tonite have won their conference tourney title.
  12. Chris Datres

    Other Fall Sports

    Seems to be standard practice to 1)wish the outgoing ‘nothing but the best’ (too bad there aren’t some that would say ‘I hated their guts’) and 2)have security escort a person out, regardless of the industry, so they don’t go nuclear and start deleting and/or corrupting files.
  13. Chris Datres

    MBB falls to St. Joe's 78-76 in exhibition play

    I think I heard Joe Lunatic say on the broadcast that they were picked 12th in the A-10
  14. Chris Datres

    MBB falls to St. Joe's 78-76 in exhibition play

    In the end, it doesn't count and that's probably a good thing. I was disappointed with the defensive rebounding effort in the 2nd half and also with the lack of finishing ability in the lane. Thompson has been here for 4 years and he still can't seem to take it strong at the basket, instead fading from contact. Timberlake was also doing that in the 2nd half on his takes to the basket. Yes, you have to avoid charges but more often than not, we're beating defenders to that spot and not powering through it. The free throw misses down the stretch were unnerving as well. On the positive side, the ball movement was really good and we had a number of open looks, especially in the first half. And since it was an exhibition, Pat was running some rotations, especially late, that I don't think he'd run in a regular season game. I can't see Hicks getting that many meaningful minutes in a tight ballgame. He got them today and he struggled with it. Russell made a 3 but I wouldn't want him taking that shot all that much. I'd rather he slash and look for opportunities in the lane. Until that BS charge call on Holden with 30 seconds left, Russell was on his way to the lane for a potential something before the whistle sounded. Sylla is another that has potential to be assertive but there is a jump involved from D2 to D1 and to me, he showed that he has a couple rungs to go to get there. I was disappointed we didn't see more of Conway today. I have a feeling that if this were a regular season game, this wouldn't have been the result. I was also disappointed with the final sequence. Timberlake, as a senior, has to recognize that a defender up on him like that means he has to go to the basket, especially in a 2-point game. He didn't need to hoist up a desperation shot there as he still had plenty of time to pass it off or drive.
  15. Chris Datres

    Other Fall Sports

    Big win out of women's soccer in the tournament quarterfinals last night. Unbelievably, that's the program's first tournament win as a CAA member. Coach Vettori has certainly turned this ship around. Semifinal game vs Hofstra on Sunday afternoon.

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