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Said very proud to have two guys on All-SEC fr team and said easily could have made a case for Fred Thomas. Pleased to see constant development of his team and singled out Gavin Ware being a problem for opposing teams down the stretch.
Said Sword started to distribute ball better at end of the year and Fred Thomas had better shot selection. Also noted Colin Borchert became the skilled four guy they envisioned. On Bloodman said he also improved but needs to keep working on passing and handling the team.
Overall, good thing is guys got better and glad that Roquez Johnson accepted his role at end of the year and after the suspension. Proud also to see Tyson Cunningham contribute.
Said three areas of concern this offseason: 1) strength and conditioning (saw big different with his team and Tenn game), guys get first real offseason now, talk about playing harder than other team but tougher factor and being smarter factor has to improve, and got to improve rebounding with that needed toughness and smarts 2) assist to turnover ration and have to improve that and 3) individual development
Told his team not to assume just cause year older you will be better and have to put in work this offseason, and dont assume just cause have 13 players next year will mean team will be better. Stressed and have to put in work this offseason.
Meeting with guys individually and give them a list of goals this offseason and wants his players to share with him and the staff what they have to get better at. Wants it to be a give-and-take type of deal and what the kids think of their game.
Said guys need to realize be competition for minutes now and had no worries with disgruntled players this year cause of no depth. Said roles will be different due to competition. With competition at pg spot said Bloodman has to get better to fend off Jacoby and IJ Ready. Said no more pg for Sword and now Sword has a battle with Jalen Steele. Said players will determine playing time.
Said wants to blow the ball up the court more next year and feels can do that with more depth. Said for most part gonna play nine guys with two pgs, rotation at wing spots and backup four and backup five. But said always have a 10th guy who is involved due to foul trouble to others or to let someone sit and learn.
Going into season-ending meetings, Ray expects everyone back.
Said still be depending on young and inexperienced guys next year like incoming freshman or guys that were injured. Said key is to not lose any guys to keep that class balanced.
Expects all 2013 signees to be on campus by July.
Said everything on pace and fine with Jacoby Davis and Andre Applewhite and Wendell Lewis. Davis is already cleared for practice and then Applewhite and LEwis on pace. Said Jalen Steele had surgery today to repair torn ACL and torn meniscus.
On 2013-14, said part of schedule will be announced shortly.
Ray said he wouldnt be very smart if he didnt evaluate his own self and how he coached. Said he will send out film to some other coaches he trusts to get feedback and talk to his staff to get their input.
Said when injuries piled up, at no point did Ray drop his head or show weakness. Said dont let outside factors affect him. Said a lot of his friends grew up with are still on the streets on Kansas City and learned to move past those circumstances.
PG- Davis and Ready
SG- Sword and Steele
PF- Bortchert and Daniels
C- Ware and Lewis
10th man Roquez, Applewhite, or Bloodman (which isnt a bad thing at all)
This post was edited by SouthMsDawg 13 months ago
Yancy is like kudzu. You hate it, can't kill it, and is virtually worthless!
Said toughest challenge was for his team to try to practice with not many guys
Said must go out and get guys that fit their system and structure. Said looking for talented players and good people, end of story. Find guys that love to play and hate to lose. Said AAU ball gets a negative knock.
Said is excited about the competition at positions now for next year and having to learn to deal with guys needing more focus on learning their roles now due to competition.
Said having more bodies allows them to be more physical on defense and faster on offense. Said were not able to play practice at a fast pace cause had coaches having to fill in at practice. Now will be able to do that.
Said not sure if learned patience this year cause always expected to win But said did learn kids are very coachable and said kids want to be coached and want that discipline, Said kids did not fight in what this staff was trying to do with them.
Said not sure if one particular big moment this year but said win over OM was huge due to student body came out and supported team. Said team showed crowd that is the way they want to play.
Said cant let way NCAAT selects affect way u schedule, moreso about scheduling to fit your team. Thought Tennessee was NCAAT team this year but said nobody knows the criteria and what a team has to get done.
"Two-thirds of the world is covered by water. The other third is covered by Fred Smoot."
That is a really good idea, and I bet it's not a lot of coaches out there willing to do stuff like that. Too much pride. Coach Ray could turn out to be the best hire between the big 3 sports if he keeps going like he is.
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