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  • '22-'23 VULCANS MBB....

    As of the end of '21-'22, the most successful CAL U MBB season in 14 years, there are several critical problems dampening the hope that the season brought. First of all is the departure of the amazing Phil Alston. It will be impossible to replace that level of talent. The best that could be hoped for would be a comparable large body with some scoring ability. Top notch rebounding and shot-blocking are highly unlikely. Second will be an on court leader and scorer to take over from Brent Pegram. My assumption has been that Zyan Collins would move into that slot but there are a lot of TP candidates who may be more natural than ZC who seems more of a scorer than a creator. Finally is keeping most of the young talent who were critical parts of this successful team. The essential six are Bryson Lucas, Zyan Collins, Keith Palek, DJ Slaughter, Gabe Jimerson and Jermaine Hall. Their most recent stats account for 130.8 minutes, 45.9 points and 26.2 rebounds per game. If any of those players appear in the TP, the rebuilding will be near impossible. Time will tell.

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    With a week to go for entering the TP, DS seems have persuaded all of the essential 6 to hang around (fingers crossed). He's also added two potential role players, though there's still one available that I hope can be snatched up. Knowing that some won't be there come September my updated roster has 15 players made up of 12-SO, 2-JR and 1-SR so still a young team with decent experience and no clear #1. Interested to see what else can be added.

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    • #3
      Since the TP closed on Saturday, I'll assume the players who didn't enter will be returning in the fall unless they quit the sport or drop out of school. This is the list so far as I see it ...
      Soph---Singleton, Lucas, Palek, McQueen, Slaughter, Jimerson, Peccon, Sparks, Maxwell, Whitehead
      Jr---Berry, Hall
      Sr---Collins
      Transfers---from WCU-Polak-Soph, from UNH- McClurg-Soph

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CALUPA69 View Post
        Since the TP closed on Saturday, I'll assume the players who didn't enter will be returning in the fall unless they quit the sport or drop out of school. This is the list so far as I see it ...
        Soph---Singleton, Lucas, Palek, McQueen, Slaughter, Jimerson, Peccon, Sparks, Maxwell, Whitehead
        Jr---Berry, Hall
        Sr---Collins
        Transfers---from WCU-Polak-Soph, from UNH- McClurg-Soph
        Good bet baring academic casualties.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CALUPA69 View Post
          Since the TP closed on Saturday, I'll assume the players who didn't enter will be returning in the fall unless they quit the sport or drop out of school. This is the list so far as I see it ...
          Soph---Singleton, Lucas, Palek, McQueen, Slaughter, Jimerson, Peccon, Sparks, Maxwell, Whitehead
          Jr---Berry, Hall
          Sr---Collins
          Transfers---from WCU-Polak-Soph, from UNH- McClurg-Soph
          I’m diggin’ McClurg and Polak as incoming Cal transfers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Feedoggie View Post

            I’m diggin’ McClurg and Polak as incoming Cal transfers.
            I saw mcclurg play in hs. Great shooter, great student and high basketball iq. Thought he understood game better than teammate, Kaden Matheny who went to bowling green as a pg. Great pickup.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Feedoggie View Post

              I’m diggin’ McClurg and Polak as incoming Cal transfers.
              Both potential immediate contributors but the play of Jermaine Hall Jr (career 30.1 MPG, 11.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG) will be the basis for something close to last season's success.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CALUPA69 View Post

                Both potential immediate contributors but the play of Jermaine Hall Jr (career 30.1 MPG, 11.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG) will be the basis for something close to last season's success.
                Alston got major buzz (as he should have) but Pegram was a monster. He's going to be very hard to replace.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

                  Alston got major buzz (as he should have) but Pegram was a monster. He's going to be very hard to replace.
                  Absolutely true but making up some portion of his game will be somewhat more achievable than filling the hole left by PA. My guess is Zyan Collins is meant to take over as DS leader and will surprise a lot of people with his leadership skills as well as his BB talents. He was essentially a mirror image of BP as far as stats go but he is 6'4" versus 5'9" for Pegram and seems to have a more manageable personality. The other possibility would be that McClurg may be the BB brain described above and teamed with ZC would give the VULCANS matching 6'4" guards. Time will tell.

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                  • #10
                    Wonder if his Dad was doing some future recruiting while the family was in VB.

                    https://mobile.twitter.com/BigShotsG...06769624588289

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