Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Otto's World Podcast Episode 31
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Episode Description

Intro-Recapping the exhibitions games as we head into the season. 7:40-Outlook on the guards. 50:30-Outlook on the wings. 1:20-Outlook on the bigs.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Otto's World Podcast Episode 30
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Episode Description

Intro-7:30 Jalen Carey's commitment and how he fits the team. 7:30-15:50 Nate Roberts recruitment status as his decision date nears. 15:50-32:28 Brycen Goodine scouting report and SU's future guard depth outlook. 32:28-43:40 2019 and 2020 Recruiting targets update. 43:40-56:00 Practice notes. 56:00-1:03:20 FBI thoughts and UNC judgment day. 1:03:20 Cuse players in the NBA.

Friday, August 25, 2017

2018 Class Dean's List aka National Crystal Ball

Will be updated with new predictions on the regular with original predictions still listed. Composite rankings from the four major outlets is used in the order.

5)Romeo Langford-Indiana
7)Simi Shittu-Vanderbilt 10/7
11)Jordan Brown-UCLA 10/24
15)Moses Brown-Kentucky 11/5
16)Quentin Grimes-Kansas 10//7
21)Emmitt Williams-LSU 10/29
37)Courtney Ramey-Missouri 10/2
52)Khavon Moore-Oklahoma 11/2
73)Bryan Penn-Johnson-Washington 11/9

Accuracy 64 for 70 91% 
1)RJ Barrett-Duke/Committed to Duke on 11/10/17.
3)Bol Bol-Oregon/Committed to Oregon on 11/20/17.
4)Cam Reddish-Duke/Committed to Duke on 9/1/17.
8)Immanuel Quickley-Kentucky/Committed to Kentucky on 9/22/17.
9)Nassir Little-UNC/Committed to UNC on 10/4/17.
10)Darius Garland-Vanderbilt/Committed to Vanderbilt on 11/13/17.
11)Naz Reid-LSU/Committed to LSU on 9/12/17.
14)Keldon Johnson-Kentucky/Committed to Kentucky on 11/11/17.
18)Louis King-Oregon/Committed to Oregon on 9/21/17.
22)Jaylen Hoard-Wake Forest/Committed to Wake Forest on 8/26/17.
24)Devon Dotson-Kansas/Committed to Kansas on 10/13/17.
27)Ayo Dosunmu-Illinois/Committed to Illinois on 10/19/17.
28)Andrew Nembhard-Florida/Committed to Florida on 10/2/17.
30)Luguentz Dort-Arizona St/Committed to Arizona St on 10/18/17.
31)Silvio De Sousa-Maryland/Committed to Kansas on 8/30/17.
35)Elijah Weaver-USC/Committed to USC on 10/23/17.
36)Tyler Herro-Kentucky/Committed to Kentucky on 11/14/17.
39)David McCormack-Kansas/Committed to Kansas on 9/24/17.
42)Ignas Brazdeikis-Michigan/Committed to Michigan on 9/22/17.
44)Jules Bernard-UCLA/Committed to UCLA on 10/10/17.
47)Will Richardson-Oregon/Committed to Oregon on 11/16/17.
48)David Duke-Providence/Committed to Providence on 10/13/17.
50)Jalen Carey-Syracuse/Committed to Syracuse on 10/4/17.
52)Kamaka Hepa-Texas/Committed to Texas on 10/31/17.
56)Robert Woodard-Mississippi St/Committed to Mississippi St on 11/14/17.
64)Darius Days-LSU/Committed to LSU on 10/20/17. 
68)Isaiah Mucius-Wake Forest/Committed to Wake Forest on 9/18/17.
70)Noah Locke-Florida/Committed to Florida on 10/3/17.
71)Antwann Jones-Texas A&M/Committed to Texas A&M on 11/14/17.
72)Luther Muhammad-Ohio St/Committed to Ohio St on 9/22/17.
76)Eric Ayala-Maryland/Committed to Maryland on 10/14/17.
80)Jermaine Harris-Xavier/Committed to Rhode Island on 10/6/17.
83)Saddiq Bey-NC State/Committed to NC State on 11/2/17.
88)Michael Devoe-Georgia Tech/Committed to Georgia Tech on 9/23/17.
89)Jared Butler-Alabama/Committed to Alabama on 10/16/17.
91)Keyontae Johnson-Florida/Committed to Florida on 11/10/17.
93)Nate Laszewski-UNC/Committed to Notre Dame on 9/27/17.
95)Landers Nolley-Virginia Tech/Committed to Virginia Tech on 10/14/17.
97)Dwayne Cohill-Ohio St/Committed to Dayton on 9/11/17.
98)Miller Kopp-Northwestern/Committed to Northwestern on 9/21/17.
104)Ian Steere-NC State/Committed to NC State on 10/6/17.
106)Immanuel Bates-NC State/Committed to NC State on 9/15/17.
107)Kaden Archie-TCU/Committed to TCU on 10/14/17.
109)Talen Horton-Tucker-Iowa St/Committed to Iowa St on 10/26/17.
110)Bryce Hamilton-UNLV/Committed to UNLV on 10/23/17.
115)Jaedon LeDee-Ohio St/Committed to Ohio St on 9/19/17.
116)Colin Castleton-Michigan/Committed to Michigan on 10/4/17.
123)Torrence Watson-Missouri/Committed to Missouri on 9/8/17.
130)Amanze Ngumezi-Georgia/Committed to Georgia on 9/3/17.
136)Feron Hunt-SMU/Committed to SMU on 11/9/17.
140)Eric Hunter-Purdue/Committed to Purdue on 9/25/17.
148)Tim Finke-Illinois/Committed to Grand Canyon on 11/14/17.
149)Alex Lomax-Wichita St/Committed to Wichita St on 11/8/17.
150)Jared Rhoden-Seton Hall/Committed to Seton Hall 10/28/17.
155)Reggie Chaney-Arkansas/Committed to Arkansas 10/28/17.
160)Marcus Zegarowski-Creighton/Committed to Creighton on 9/4/17.
172)Emmitt Matthews-UConn/Committed to UConn on 9/23/17.
179)Brendan Adams-Rhode Island/Committed to Rhode Island on 10/8/17.
185)Justin Ahrens-Michigan/Committed to Ohio St on 9/24/17.
186)Jimmy Nichols-Providence/Committed to Providence on 9/5/17.
192)Buddy Boeheim-Syracuse/Committed to Syracuse on 9/8/17.
202)Nate Roberts-Washington/Committed to Washington on 10/17/18.
240)Javian Fleming-Alabama/Committed to Alabama 11/3/17.
213)Khalid Moore-Georgia Tech/Committed to Georgia Tech on 10/24/17.
235)Kenneth Nwuba-UCLA/Committed to UCLA on 11/7/17.
236)Chris Doherty-Notre Dame/Committed to Notre Dame on 11/13/17.
240)Xavier Johnson-Nebraska/Committed to Nebraska on 9/25/17.
252)Serrel Smith-Ole Miss/Committed to Ole Miss on 9/14/17.
254)Morris Udeze-Wichita St/Committed to Wichita St on 9/27/17.
413)Dontarius James-Xavier/Committed to Xavier on 11/12/17.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scouting Geno Thorpe, Marek Dolezaj and Elijah Hughes

Geno Thorpe

Stat line in game viewed.
South Carolina-11 PTS, 3-13 FG, 5-6 FT, 9 REB, 2 STLS, 5 TO.

-Active on the defensive end and competes really hard.

-Quick hands and anticipates well into passing lanes for steals and deflections.

-Can create his own shot in isolation and score on all three levels.

-Can play on and off the ball at both guard spots.

-Had a couple of tough and-1 finishes at the hoop.

-Rebounds well for a guard and didn't mind getting dirty and scraping inside.

-Had several nice passes for scoring opportunities, but his teammates failed to finish which ended up giving him a goose egg on the assist column.

-Not super athletic and explosive.

-Had trouble finishing in the paint over bigger bodies.

-Prone to force the action when he doesn't need to resulting into careless turnovers.

-Can create one on one in isolation, but had a hard time having much success against SC stingy man D.

-Ball handling gets a bit loose at times.

Thorpe should be able to add good depth for the SU backcourt as a combo guard who can play on and off the ball. Has experience playing in the zone, which should help him adapt quickly on the defensive side. Needs to improve as a decision maker with the ball at SU, especially if Frank Howard continues to regress next season. 

Marek Dolezaj

Stat line in games viewed.
Estonia U18 2016-14 PTS, 3-8 FG, 8-9 FT, 13 REB, 3 AST, 2 STLS, 1 BLK, 6 TO.
Hungary U18 2016-19 PTS, 7-12 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT, 4 REB, 4 STLS, 2 AST.
Netherlands U20 2017-22 PTS, 4-9 FG, 14-16 FT, 3 REB, 3 AST, 3 STLS, 3 BLKS. 

-Good size and length for a wing. 

-Very active defensively.

-Very fluid athletically and changes directions well especially on switches in man D.

-Good weak side shot blocker.

-Good offensive rebounder with feel for where the miss shots will land.

-Nice passing instincts. Can easily find the open man in traffic and find cutters for easy scores.

-Showed good instincts on anticipating passes for steals which should translate well when playing zone.

-Finds a way to get to the free line at a good clip and hit those shots at a high percentage in the games viewed. 

-Lack of strength.

-Gets moved and knocked down easily inside the paint.

-Shoots a line drive shot which looks like he's aiming it.

-Can hit the three ball, but needs space or to be wide open in order to be effective in hitting the shot due to his form.

-Ball handling is a bit loose and can get wild at times resulting into careless turnovers.

-Good rebounder on the offensive end, but rarely boxes out on the defensive end and mainly relies on his athleticism to out jump the opponent for the board.

Google recruit/mystery man, is an interesting prospect who presents plenty of versatility and potential. Comes from a well structured background with his development in Europe. Might need a year to get acclimated to the higher level of competition that he'll face in America. Utilizing and taking advantage of the strength and conditioning program at SU will be very important for him moving forward. 

Elijah Hughes 

Stat line in game viewed.
SMU-15 PTS, 5-10 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-4 FT, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL.

-Good size and strength for a SG and could spot minutes at the wings, but better suited up top.

-Not much shake and bake off the bounce, but uses his upper body strength to overpower smaller guards.

-Not a ball stopper and doesn't hunt shots. Plays within the flow of the offense and moves the ball around quickly.

-Has a nice smooth looking shooting form and release. Hit a pair of open threes.

-Stepped up late on both ends of the floor and was a key contributor in helping cut a 24 point deficit to a tie game down the stretch.

-Not the quickest or most athletically explosive player that you'll find.

-Had a tough time finishing in traffic around the hoop.

-Will make the simple pass play with the ball, but not much of a playmaker off the bounce.

-Although his size and strength suggest that he could play out on the wings, he didn't show much battling inside for rebounds and presenting any threat blocking shots from the weak side.

Hughes is a fundamentally sound player who showed glimpses that he can eventually become a quality role player down the line. Becoming a much more consistent shooter (27% from 3 at ECU), all around scorer and defender in the zone will determine how big of a role that he'll play in the rotation once he becomes eligible for the 2018 season.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Otto's World Podcast Episode 26
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Episode Description
0-15:50 Thoughts on Darius Bazley and the story behind his commitment.
15:50-29:20 Breaking down the current status of Jalen Carey's recruitment and other potential PG targets.
29:20-37:33 Nate Roberts vs Dimon Carrigan.
37:33-43:40 Louis King and Simi Shittu interest.
43:40-49:00 Buddy Ball.
49:00-52:00 Quick thoughts on 2019 targets Khalif Battle and Quincy Guerrier.
52:00-1:28:30 Evaluations on Marek Dolezaj, Geno Thorpe and Elijah Hughes.
1:28:30 Wishing Boeheim's Army good luck in the TBT Final Four.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Otto's World Podcast Episode 25 Bonus OT Edition
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Episode Description 
1:00-11:40 Thoughts on the latest news for 2018 targets Cole Swider, Eric Ayala and Jeenathan Williams.
11:40-35:30 An early preview and outlook on 2019 targets such as Isaiah Stewart, Kofi Cockburn, Khalif Battle etc.
35:30-41:20 NBA Draft talk about Tyler Lydon and Andrew White.
41:20 Thoughts on what could be a very interesting offseason in the NBA for Cuse family players such as Melo, Dion Waiters, MCW and Tyler Ennis.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Otto's World Podcast Episode 25
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Episode Description
2:20-24:35 Thoughts on wrapping up the 2017 class and expectations for next season.
24:35-31:00 Early outlook on where SU stacks up within the ACC.
31:00-43:00 Player rankings vs Player development?
43:00 Breaking down the current status and updates on numerous 2018 recruits such as Cole Swider, Jalen Carey, Darius Bazley etc.