X-luc,X-lucidity wrote: ↑Sat May 05, 2018 8:06 pmNo offense Kaiser, but - Good riddance... I wrote a week or so ago that KG needed to grow a pair, work hard as hell on all facets of his game, and seize his Senior year for all it's worth. I meant that in a supportive way because by all accounts he's a nice & bright kid. But I was skeptical. Having seen him in countless games smiling or smirking as games or stretches of games would be going poorly for X. Apparently he has the heart of a mouse, not a lion, so good luck in your future endeavors young man. I would rather have a slightly less talented player on the floor who plays with fire & passion. The fact that he was seriously considering this, knowing as many have stated he is unlikely to be drafted except for a very remote chance at the back end of Rd 2, tells me all I need to know. His heart isn't and may never have been on a collegiate floor. (Especially knowing he would start next year and be given every opportunity to be our bell cow) Not really a huge loss IMHO. Hopefully Travis can add another JUCO or recruit. If not, we have a tight 8 man rotation which has worked well for us in the past. I want young men who have trouble sleeping the night before games because they can't wait to put the uni on. I want those who burn a bit on the inside when we lose and are motivated to work that much harder in practice to avoid such stinging pain in the future. Mr. Gates never struck me as 'pained' by loss or even his own subpar play. Am I surprised? Yup. Will I lose any sleep tonight? Nope..
I have to disagree. I think this is a big loss, especially with the type of defense Steele wants to employ. He has insinuated they would play pressure defense, as most good teams do. CM never did, which would have been fine, if they weren't horrid playing half court D. However if you can't teach half court D, it's probably wise not to go full court.
Gates could guard players playing positions 2-4, which makes him invaluable, particularly with the press.
I don't know why he declared, but I don't doubt X getting Welage had an impact in his decision making. I'm still glad X got him. I also still like the team a lot, but I was relishing a lineup of Goodin, Scruggs, Gates, Marshall, and Jones playing defense together.