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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Flanagan View Post
    Here is what I know about Juiston.
    It is important to understand that his value is at nearly 5 star status right now based on 3 things:
    1. Good news on his knee injury
    2. Spring recruits coming off the board
    3. A couple of forwards that were expected to transfer, didn't
    When he first decided to transfer, I can confirm that the Gophers were among the first schools to contact him, along with K State, Iowa St and Oregon. At this point, our chances were pretty good. We had an immediate opening, we have had success at the power forward position, and we had a connection. Since then I know some big schools such as Kansas have contacted him.
    I will give an update once I hear where he is visiting
    Thanks.


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    Two more updates on Juiston. He cannot officially announce his transfer until after he graduates on May 18. Believe it or not, he is going to visit Grand Canyon University. Marvin Menzies is an asst coach there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Flanagan View Post
    Two more updates on Juiston. He cannot officially announce his transfer until after he graduates on May 18. Believe it or not, he is going to visit Grand Canyon University. Marvin Menzies is an asst coach there
    Do you mean he can't sign until he graduates or he can't publicly announce his transfer? Because Stull and Geno announced their transfer intentions before they officially graduated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    Do you mean he can't sign until he graduates or he can't publicly announce his transfer? Because Stull and Geno announced their transfer intentions before they officially graduated.
    Im not sure what the deal is. I probably should've written will not instead of cannot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophs24 View Post
    my take on him is clearly he has some high upside but its raw. best case, if we are able to get him, is for Coffey to come back and also find a grad transfer PF. Ihnen wouldn't be counted on to do much for this next season. Probably like an Omersa type role at the 3 & 4, 5-8 minutes a game. Ease him into things. But by his 2nd/3rd years I think he could be a very solid big ten player.
    Good take. I don't see Ihnen as an immediate impact guy. I think the transition from German 4th division to the B1G is going to be a tough one, especially from a physicality stand point. The kid can shoot the ball & we can always use an athletic slasher, but we need some immediate help to do the dirty work with Murphy gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heber View Post
    ESPN Game Log - http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...7/alihan-demir

    Lower rebounding numbers than I'd expect (5+/game) at Drexel for a PF. Drexel's other starter is 6'8 242 according to ESPN and averages 8+ boards per game. Demir took a lot of shots last year. Any idea how people view his defense?
    The guy's a below-the-rim, finesse guy. He uses both hands well & can step out to shoot the 3 a bit, but he's not very athletic, doesn't rebound or block shots well for a guy as tall as he is. He can be a nice addition to the team, but anyone thinking this is a tradition B1G PF may be in for a bit of a disappointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gopherall View Post
    Omersa and Oturu will be good defenders next year having an offensive minded 4 to pair with Omersa wont be a bad thing.
    You think Omersa's going to be ready for prime time next year huh? I didn't see that this year. I saw a guy who looked really overwhelmed. I like his motor & think in time he'll be a functional back-up, but I'm not excited about having to depend on him for major minutes next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Costa Rican Gopher View Post
    You think Omersa's going to be ready for prime time next year huh? I didn't see that this year. I saw a guy who looked really overwhelmed. I like his motor & think in time he'll be a functional back-up, but I'm not excited about having to depend on him for major minutes next year.
    Players often make big jumps in year two. Offensively he is limited but what if he becomes our best defender, a guy that can guard 3 positions ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by builtbadgers View Post
    Players often make big jumps in year two. Offensively he is limited but what if he becomes our best defender, a guy that can guard 3 positions ?
    agreed. think he will work well next to Oturu, who I expect to make a big leap on both ends of the floor, and will be a defensive plus. Gotta have guys that board well and defend. Think it'll be a spot by committee down low with Oturu being the big minutes guy and the rest rotating through unless we land one of the real top flight transfers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by builtbadgers View Post
    Players often make big jumps in year two. Offensively he is limited but what if he becomes our best defender, a guy that can guard 3 positions ?
    Doesn’t he have only about 4 years of basketball experience: one with the gophers and three in HS? If so, he could make big jumps in development every year with the team

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    Quote Originally Posted by builtbadgers View Post
    Players often make big jumps in year two. Offensively he is limited but what if he becomes our best defender, a guy that can guard 3 positions ?
    It's hard to predict how young players will develop. Personally, from what I've seen of Omersa thus far, I see Miles Tarver as his ceiling. High motor, great effort, pesky defense and active rebounding. Anything we get from him offensively would just be gravy on my ribeye.


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    One thing people dont consider with Omersa is how young he is. I think hes younger than Matthew hurt and our recruit Tre Williams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by builtbadgers View Post
    Players often make big jumps in year two. Offensively he is limited but what if he becomes our best defender, a guy that can guard 3 positions ?
    Exactly. People give up on kids so quick. Look at Donovan Mitchellís stats from his freshman year at Louisville, and he was a guard who usually donít take as long to develop as a bigger guy. John Thomas didnít do much his freshman and sophomore years at the U, and he ended up a first round draft choice. It would have been a big mistake to give up on him after one year.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Costa Rican Gopher View Post
    Good take. I don't see Ihnen as an immediate impact guy. I think the transition from German 4th division to the B1G is going to be a tough one, especially from a physicality stand point. The kid can shoot the ball & we can always use an athletic slasher, but we need some immediate help to do the dirty work with Murphy gone.
    Really, you get all of that from a few videos? You know what the German 4th division is? We really have no idea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Costa Rican Gopher View Post
    You think Omersa's going to be ready for prime time next year huh? I didn't see that this year. I saw a guy who looked really overwhelmed. I like his motor & think in time he'll be a functional back-up, but I'm not excited about having to depend on him for major minutes next year.
    He looked more than serviceable when we needed him to step up in the last game. And as others have noted he should be able to improve year over year. Combine his improvement with a hopefully improved Oturu and I like that duo.
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