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bga1

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Amir Coffey's shot got drastically worse his senior year (largely because he was forced to play PG). He shot 30% from 3 his JR season (37% his SO season).

King and Mason's numbers slightly decreased.

Oturu did get better.
True but the other three all became more "go to guys" who end up taking more shots and in some cases the opportunities are not as open as when they were in a more complimentary role. As I said though- your point is good.
 

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True but the other three all became more "go to guys" who end up taking more shots and in some cases the opportunities are not as open as when they were in a more complimentary role. As I said though- your point is good.

He is not correct on Joey King and Mason. I demonstrated that empirically. One was a consistently good (actually, very good) shooter and the other was largely a below average shooter but his senior year was his best. You can make conclusions based on lower quality evidence or higher quality evidence. The choice is yours.
 

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Gabe was in a gym shooting daily last summer. I know the coach who’s gym he was in. I’ve never once read that he was not a good or hard worker. What work do you feel he didn’t do? The generational arguments weak too. He didn’t play well offensively last year, but if you didn’t think we missed him when he was out, then I don’t know what to tell you.
Great, now show out. I have to tell my daughter this all the time. Putting in work is great, showing out is just as important.
 

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Good luck to him and I am sure he is a good kid but he just isn't a Power 5 player on the offensive end anymore
 

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This is acceptable.

Good man. You have honor and you have loyalty, to your home state and home program, not to spit in our faces, at least.


Good luck to you Gabe!!
 

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Must have really wanted a change of scenery to transfer to a team that won 2 games last year. Good for him and best of luck.
 

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Keeping Minnesota kids home....from the beginning this hire felt like a reach hoping to get Minnesota talent to stay home....good for Gabe to leave as he took a lot of heat last year some of it deserved...it didn’t help that Carr played absolutely no defense leaving Gabe trying to help all the time.
 

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It's not that Gabe is some out of this world talent we couldn't replace. It's that we hired Johnson (and Thoreson) to keep kids exactly like him here. And he left to go to a team that was AWFUL last year, its not a guarantee of failure, but it's not anything in the realm of good news. If we were replacing him with super high level kids fine, but the middle of the road guys Im not sure are doing that. Buckle up boys, it may be a pretty bumpy ride. (PLEASE prove me wrong BJ!!)
 

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Not a big loss by any means. If you can't replace a player like him, then your program is in huge trouble.
 

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Wild, wild guess: they (or BJ alone) told him that if he stays, his role may be more limited than in the past?

Otherwise, I agree ... doesn't make any sense.
There are 3 people verbally committed to this team next year. No way that conversation happened.

my wild ass guesses that I haven’t seen on here are 1) Gabe felt like BJ sold him on bs the first time around, and/or 2) was pissed when BJ left after recruiting him to stay home. I know RJ said that Johnson was the only reason Gabe was still considering staying home, but RJ has a vested interest in keeping people happy enough with BJ to read about him. Plus that would be a super MN thing to say on your way out the door.

he probably just wanted a clean start tho. All things considered, I’m glad he’s out of the big ten, wish him well.
 

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But to go to Ames?!? Cmon man.
Well?? To go to Madison? Milwaukee?

It's something. Somewhere else.


Honestly, it's the natural thing that kids everywhere go through. You grow up some place, you get angsty and resentful as you approach your freedom, towards your "captors" and the place you feel like is your "jail", then you fly the coop to anywhere that isn't here for a while .... then you come home to raise a family.
 

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I generally think it is a smart thing for players that have coaches leave or be fired to enter the portal. Take a look around see your options. I would not hold it against them if they chose to leave. With that said, I was really suspecting that Gabe would be looking at a school that gave him the option to be on a better team and make the tournament next year. Unless, Iowa State has a loaded transfer class and Freshmen class, I would not suspect they will do really well. Regardless, good luck Gabe and very glad he didn't go to another Big Ten school.
 

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I generally think it is a smart thing for players that have coaches leave or be fired to enter the portal. Take a look around see your options. I would not hold it against them if they chose to leave. With that said, I was really suspecting that Gabe would be looking at a school that gave him the option to be on a better team and make the tournament next year. Unless, Iowa State has a loaded transfer class and Freshmen class, I would not suspect they will do really well. Regardless, good luck Gabe and very glad he didn't go to another Big Ten school.
Maybe BJ told Gabe how he envisioned his role, with an emphasis on defense and leadership and minutes and shots assuredly dropping. If in Gabe’s mind, he’s a volume shooter and a top offensive option, this would be a tough pill to swallow.

I wish Gabe the best. I can’t imagine how tough last year was on him mentally. Hopefully some new scenery does him well and he regains his freshman form.
 
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