He's working on his outside shot but I don't expect him to get the green light. Martin said after the season that Tilmon is shooting 1,000 shots a day. I think some fans and media interpreted that as being 1,000 3-pointers. That's not what Martin meant. He's trying to expand his range but not exclusively from behind the 3-point arc.
Grimm was a solid college player and probably ahead of his time and would be a modern stretch four in today's game. He shot 41 percent fro his career from 3. Nearly 48 percent as a sophomore. I'm not sure he was athletic enough to guard his position in the NBA, but in today's game he might have been a Ryan Anderson type.
Good point. I wasn't sure what to expect from the poll results. Now's a good time to share with readers that in Sunday's P-D we'll have our annual Mizzou Year in Review section with male and female athletes of the year, newcomers of the year and coach of the year, plus some predictions for 2018-19.
Nine is more optimistic than me. I'm in the 7-win camp but could be persuaded to jump to 8. If Mizzou has a pulse on defense from the start of the season, nine wins is more than possible.
I admire Nick for reasons beyond he wrote the foreword for my book, but I can't sympathize with him on this one when it comes to in-conference transfers.
Florida, no doubt. Gators hired a proven coach. We don't know anything about Pruitt's chops as a head coach.
Not great. Georgia still has some important pieces returning. The Dawgs won't be loaded at the start of the season, but Smart had them playing as well as anyone for the bulk of last year and the program has recruited well enough the last few years to replenish the depth.
Very true. I want to see how Chris Turner and a healthy Tre Williams develop as starters in this league. There's upside there, and I think if Odom and Haley can figure out how and when to flex some of those hybrid end-tackles to the edges (Elliott and Byers especially) the staff might be able to mask some of the depth/talent shortage at end. The incoming freshmen are going to have a chance to compete for playing time, too. Don't count them out. If they've got the strength to take on an SEC blocker, they'll be able to work into a rotation.
Jontay took online classes while training the last few months. Cuonzo was not worried about him academically. I would like to see the NBA allow high schoolers to enter the draft if they're projected as draft picks but also allow college underclassmen who aren't drafted to return to college.
That's Mizzou's call, not the SEC. Drew was in Kansas City for Mizzou Night at Kauffman Stadium, but they haven't really pushed him to the media much this offseason. Maybe that will change this summer. He'll surely be at SEC media days in Atlanta in July.
Well, yes, Lovie hired Cory Patterson, and there's nothing Odom can do about that. But it can't hurt that Trinity hired a Mizzou guy - and Odom's former teammate - to replace Patterson.
I'm pretty sure the NCAA allows players to work on more than one thing at a time. He'll be just fine. He can work on not fouling when he's in a workout with other players. He can shoot 3s when he's in the gym alone.
Agreed. It was fun. It had a great look, great action. Cast was strong. I'd pay to see it again.
Agreed on Jontay, but he needs to get stronger and more physical and develop some sense of an inside game offensively. Tilmon has to polish up a lot of things, but he's got the right mindset for the next level. He's not afraid of anyone and the staff has always admired his work ethic. He's well aware of the areas he needs to improve. That's half the battle with some players.
As Lorenzo Romar said years ago, if Grimm hadn't trimmed his fingernails, Edney's shot never goes in. And who knows how history would have been rewritten.
Mizzou softball recruiting is hardly something that keeps me up at night, but I would understand your concern as a fan. On the flip side, she's helped build Hofstra into a really strong program - her team had a higher RPI than Mizzou this season - and when it comes to recruiting it's about forming relationships and selling a vision. She can do that without ties to the area. Gary Pinkel had zero Missouri connections and pulled it off. Kim Anderson had local roots and strong ties to the area and couldn't do it.
OK, folks. That's it for me today. We'll do this again next week.