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Yes Appling and Payne will be gone after next year because they graduate.
I try not to disrespect our players, especially one who was unable to improve over the summer, but have you watched Dawson this year? He is a long way from early entry. Range out to 5 feet, no handle, 40% ft shooter, leading team at 2.7 turnovers per game (despite not handling it much). I think he will be around awhile and will improve greatly.
I agree about trying o get Cliff to commit early.
When I look at Dawson lately, more and more I see the ghost of Klegon Toribolt.
With all due respect to the former Spartan, Dawson is quicker, stronger and more explosive - that is not to say that these were attributes lacking in Torbert. In my view your analysis is very premature.
More explosive? Debatable
Klevon Tugboat was by far the strongest guard we have ever had at MSU that I can remember.
let's get this thread back on track. J.O. has been dominant early for Whitney Young. The below link has a decent video showing him throw down many of his 26 dunks this season (4 games). He is 46/59 from the field.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bystanders waved their programs through the stifling air in the stands at Memphis White Station High School in a vain attempt to cool off during Young's 61-40 victory over the hosts.
Young junior guard L.J. Peak could feel the heat.
"I was about to pass out," Peak said. "Coach kept yelling, so I had to keep with it."
Luckily for top-ranked Young, he stayed conscious, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the first half and totaling eight rebounds to push the Dolphins to the victory at Penny Hardaway's Hoop Fest.
Hardaway handed out the MVP game ball to Young center Jahlil Okafor, who added 16 points, but Okafor passed it on to Peak in the locker room. Peak helped Young to a 25-18 halftime lead as triple teams mobbed Okafor, who along with Young forward Paul White was called for early fouls.
"(Okafor) said I played hard while he was down and the refs got in his head, so he was going to be a bigger man and give me the MVP ball," Peak said. "My coach told me to stay with my shot and trust it, so I kept on shooting."
Young (13-1) held a fairly comfortable 43-33 lead to start the fourth quarter. A defensive surge fueled a 7-0 run, which included two Okafor dunks and put Young in control. White Station shot 24 percent from the field, another product of a Dolphins defense that has made coach Tyrone Slaughter proud.
"They're committed to playing defense, and that's the one thing we've done all year," Slaughter said. "We know we have four or five guys on the floor who can score the ball. Offensively, we know the scoring is going to come. So if we can hold the (opponent's) numbers down, we know we can be successful."
Leron Black, a top-15 junior forward, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for White Station.
Player of the game: L.J. Peak, Young, 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks.
Key performers: Young — Jahlil Okafor, 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks; Miles Reynolds, 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists. White Station — Leron Black, 18 points, 10 rebounds; Evan Moorman, 9 points, 3 3-pointers.
Latest game tallied 21 points and 7 boards while holding highly touted Junior, Sean O'Hara (Benet Academy) to 10 points. Appears to be having a dominant season and some local HS writers are saying he should be Mr. Basketball over Jabari Parker.
“@connertp: Per Scout, 2014 top center Jahlil Okafor of Chicago will likely visit MSU after the season since Izzo's "been on his back" about it.”
"been on his back" about it... Doesn't make him sound too eager to come to EL, almost like he's being forced.
Maybe the quote was taken out of context?
I'm hoping Okafor said it with a smile, jokingly, and the "been on his back" comment was just an acknowledgement of how hard Izzo has been pursuing him.
I also don't think he'd waste his time on a visit if he wasn't somewhat interested.
I sure hope your positive spin on the comment is correct, but you still have to admit it sounds kinda bad. I never thought we were a big player for Okafor, but if we couldn't even get him to visit that would be a little embarrassing... hopefully he follows through.
“@UKBIGBLUENATION: Okafor confirmed to ChicagoHoops that he "definitely" wants to play with Tyus Jones. Stated the two have talked about a timeline to announce”
Seems consistent with everything he's said so far. Glad we're in good shape with Tyus.
Edit: Also mentioned this-
“@UKBIGBLUENATION: 2014 UK target Jahlil Okafor said Michigan State, Ohio State, Baylor, Kansas and Arizona has been in contact the most recently.”
Good not to see Duke in there for once.
This post was edited by Lycurgus21 14 months ago
In the interview, he follows the "Izzo has been on my back" with "I love that guy" so yes it is a posiive.
Whitney Young 2014 center Jahlil Okafor has established himself as one of the premier recruits in the nation regardless of class. His combination of power and skill are unmatched in the high school game. Okafor has had a monster junior season leading his team to the CPS Championship and putting himself in contention to win Mr Basketball in Illinois. We caught up with Okafor to discuss the CPS Title, improvement in his game, national publicity, and of course updating his recruitment.
This post was edited by Broiler 14 months ago
Here's the video (around the 1:50 mark he starts talking recruiting).
Izzo is the Man...
Okafor, the Chicago Whitney Young center, tells Chicago Hoops he expects to take a visit to Michigan State after the high school season.
This certainly makes me feel better about his reported comments, good to actually see the video as opposed to simply hearing a quote...
Jahlil at the DePaul vs. Louisville game tonight with Cliff Alexander. Hopefully Cliff is putting the full court press on him and Tyus going green. He seems to like the idea of playing with Cliff down low:
@jahprobound @humblekid11 Future Spartans!!! Unstoppable in the paint!!
Retweeted by Jahlil Okafor
Cliff retweeted the same thing. Can't put too much stock in these things, though. Cliff also retweeted about Jahlil and him being future Huskers. Soooo yeah...
It is great that they are hanging together, though. That's the best news, since Cliff is so pro-MSU right now. Cliff is also friends with Devin Booker, FWIW.
Devin Booker is also great friends with Drake Harris
Future Huskers... LOL!!
“@michaelsobrien: Young's Jahlil Okafor @jahprobound is the 2012-13 Sun-Times Player of the Year."
This is a pretty big deal when you play in the same city as Jabari Parker.
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Does anyone else feel like his (public) interest in MSU has picked up in the last few weeks?
Every day I'm feeling better about our chances. Izzo is putting in some serious work and I think in 2014 it will pay off. Should be a great class!
Has anyone heard about Justice Winslow? saw this on ESPN saying he might be in on the Tyus/Jahlil group package...
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