• 5th year Ochai is more valuable than freshman Ochai will be. This team needs to figure its own problems out. There is no savior in waiting.

  • Gorilla72 said:

    Ochai is a 6’5” guard, recovering from a stress fracture. I’m not thinking he will be much help.

    Doke should at least be able to help coach Big Dave. That’s something…

    Read the article on Ochai - -and I think this might actually happen , and at this point I think it could very well happen.

    From what I remember Ochai - is 100 % all in for KU - -seems like I remember on some kind of situation he stated he was more then willing to do what he could do to help the team. - -I think he would give up his red shirt if asked. - - I also think his parents will back him 100 % - I think they totally love the school also.

    Coach Self said they were for sure thinking about it , BUT hadn’t made a decision - but reading between the lines - -I think I get that feel that this is going to happen - at this point I’m all in - I think he can help = =might work as they are talking about going that 4 guard lineup again - here is hoping. - -ROCK CHALK AL DAY LONG BABY

  • I don’t think the RS gets taken off Ochai but I could be wrong. He’s probably better than KJ right now and can shoot but…as Bill said playing in a game is totally different.

    I am very intrigued to see how the team comes out against TCU.

  • @BShark I agree. The good news is we get TCU at home and then @ Baylor who is not very good. Hopefully they can find something and build on it in the coming games. Jan 19 @ WVU and then the return game with Iowa St on the 21st loom large.

  • truehawk93 said:

    @Texas-Hawk-10 I like the Dotson/Garrett in idea, but in reality, that’s just it. Dotson is more of a threat and keeps the D guessing. You put Garrett out there and the D will simply pack in the lane daring Garrett to shoot.

    I would have his butt in the gym shooting 50 arc shots a day. He needs to hit a minimum of 20/50 or better before he leaves. I would add Vick and Grimes to that shoot around too.

    The defense wouldn’t be able to pack the paint like that with Dotson and Vick on the wings. Dotson is going to be a very good 3 point shooter, but he’s not where he do what Mason or Graham did to create their own shots. Dotson needs to be set right now. Defenses that pack the paint with Vick and Dotson would regret that decision because Garrett with the ball would create more space on the perimeter for our only good shooters to operate and get off open looks.

    If defenses still pack the paint, Garrett can drive for a layup, he can make those, or a kick out to open Vick or Dotson or a lob to Dedric for an easy basket.

  • @Crimsonorblue22 He is only 19.

  • Well Coach kind of hinted he thought Doke might be back next year - -but really can’t say - -the sports talk show here in Topeka today thought he will come back. - I’m not thinking so - I mean I guess there is always a chance.

    A lot of what they are basing things on is - -that he will miss the NBA camp they have where they watch potential players – -the combine that what it is - - he will miss that this year - -I just don’t see where he is going to improver enough to come back for that Senior year - -could be wrong – kind of mixed feelings would love to have him back - but yet in a way might hurt our recruitment in bigs for next year if he comes back - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • @jayballer73 probably doesn’t want to risk getting hurt again. His handlers/babysitters will move him down the road.

  • It seems that short of individual team workouts, pro scouts have only last years combine and this years play upon which to base their draft position. If he goes pro, it will be Europe or D League. I can see him coming back to prove he can play a year without injury AND get a degree. We shall see before long. He may declare soon…

  • Hardships can often help a team reach to a higher place… like 2012.

    I’m not losing sleep over this team. I feel horrible for Doke. He has such a great spirit of competitiveness. His future is really up in the air. But we will see how this team responds. I like our guys and we have an outstanding young PG.

    All we can do is take each game, one at a time.

    Move forward. Conquer… and be KU!

  • Crimsonorblue22 said:

    @jayballer73 probably doesn’t want to risk getting hurt again. His handlers/babysitters will move him down the road.

    ya that’s what I am thinking - - -because of how injury prone he has been probably thinking that he better move on and try to avoid yet - -ANOTHER injury where it quite possibly cause him to never get any money - -I just don’t think he will be back - -yet never say never. – ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • Doke is still 19 years old so a year isn’t going to effect him. Just look at the latest mock draft, Doke is younger then half of the projected first round picks and he’s a Junior.

    If he’s going to miss all the pre-draft festivities then what choice does he really have. 1 year away from a degree and being in a position to better himself no matter what his basketball career has in fold for him. I wonder where his mind will be in regards to this whole thing. He can come back and be a Senior Leader and get treated like royalty or he can try his luck professionally. If he wants the NBA proving he can stay healthy for a year could do wonders but after this injury there will be concerns with him going forward. His body might not be able to handle the rigors and grind of this game. We’ll see. I hope if he comes back Hawks fans welcome him

  • Let DM be the guy who is told to go out and concentrate in accomplishing two tasks - rebound the ball and set good screens. Tell him not to worry about scoring. Let his confidence build up and eventually scoring will come.

  • @AsadZ

    I think he can do both of those things well. He does have some offensive skill that we’ll see as he gets more comfortable. There’s no way to expect he can match Doke’s production but I’m hopeful he can help this team going forward. I’m sure his mindset is going to change now that expectations will be placed on him to produce. Silvio did well last season when called upon. I’m hopeful Mitch and Dave can do the same now

  • The best thing KU can do for McCormack is to not post him up. He’s decent in the post, but not so good that KU should be force feeding him the ball in there.

    Better to make him a PnR man. That’s his role at the next level anyway, so it benefits both KU now (by avoiding having him trying to navigate the post in trying to force feed him the ball to score) and McCormack later (by helping him refine a skillset coveted at the next level). That’s a win win scenario.

  • @justanotherfan Couldn’t agree more. He never looks to kick the ball back out, and forces every it every single time when he gets the ball in the post.

  • @Woodrow Interesting … So does/did Doke. Doke is/was a black hole. Now, Doke could usually get the ball in the hoop.

  • @HighEliteMajor When you shoot 75% from the field its OK to be a black hole.

  • @Woodrow he had good hands, just bad wrists

  • Woodrow said:

    @HighEliteMajor When you shoot 75% from the field its OK to be a black hole.

    it’s all about learning a process - -as time goes along - things will slow down for him - and he won’t be that black hole. - -The boy is a specimen - -he will be a force - just like Doke was a process - -McCormack is a process

  • I wonder if Doke will forsure return for next season now, also wonder if he could get a medical redshirt for all of the time he has missed. I think David has a higher ceiling than Doke does personally. I’m glad Doke is here but he’s ineffective more than 5 feet from the hoop.

  • I hope “Hack-a- Mack” is a much less successful strategy than “Hack-a-Doke”.

  • You mean, poke a doke?

  • @Woodrow While the easy answer may seem yes, it’s not. Ball hogs never help the team dynamic. To make our team better, mixing in some kick outs and post-to-post, is a small improvement to ask for. And it would make us better.

  • @kjayhawks A medical redshirt should be a possibility if KU plays at least 30 games. Criteria include played in no more than 30% of a team’s games, and must have been injured with a season-ending injury in the first half of the season. He played in only 9. We have played 14, with 17 left, so we will have 31. At least. Unless something really really REALLY bad happens.

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