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    LaTech The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    0 Keaston Willis Guard 6-3 190 Jr. 4th Year Sulphur Springs, Texas / Sulphur Springs HS Incarnate Word keastonnnn keastonnnn
    1 Kenny Hunter Forward 6-10 235 So. 3rd Year Shreveport, La. / Huntington HS BIGgenERAL44 play_boik
    2 Kenneth Lofton, Jr. (Entered the NBA draft, entered Portal) Forward 6-7 275 So. 3rd Year Port Arthur, Texas / Port Arthur Memorial HS itzjunior34 itzjunior35
    4 Kaleb Stewart Guard 6-3 180 So. 2nd Year Atascocita, Texas / Atascocita HS kaleb_stewart1 kalebstew4
    5 Terran Williams Guard 6-5 200 So. 2nd Year Marianna, Ark. / Marianna Lee HS TerranWilliams1 official.twill
    10 Ben Ponder Guard 6-3 195 So. 2nd Year Shreveport, La. / Calvary Baptist Academy _bpond _bpond
    11 LaDamien Bradford Guard 6-5 215 So. 3rd Year Jonesboro, La. / Jonesboro-Hodge HS Texas A&M Paupo_11 z4.poppa
    13 Stacey Thomas (entered Portal) Forward 6-8 225 Sr. 5th Year Houston, Texas / Fortbend Christian Home School Staceyalmighty staceythomas_13
    14 Will Allen Forward 6-7 210 RS-Fr. 2nd Year New Orleans, La. / Bonnabel HS wiillALLEN _wiiilll_
    22 Isaiah Crawford Forward 6-6 220 Jr. * 4th Year Fort Worth, Texas / North Crowley HS ZayThaKlaw2 zaaybeenlit
    23 David Green Forward 6-7 215 So. 3rd Year Apopka, Fla. / Ocoee HS Hofstra dloading21_ moneygreen13_
    24 Cobe Williams Guard 6-0 180 Jr. 4th Year Dallas, Texas / Kimball HS CobeWill24 c.dollaa
    Quandre Bullock Forward 6-6 195 So. 3rd Year Franklinton, NC / Word of God Christian Academy Angelina College Quandre_3
    Dravon Mangum Forward 6-8 200 Jr. or Sr. 5th Year Roxboro, N.C. / Person HS Radford/Charlotte
    Recruits Lost
    Jesaiah McWright Guard HS Committed to Tulsa
    Brian "BB" Knight II Guard HS Committed to Tulsa
    Coaching Staff Position Previous Position
    Talvin Hester Head Coach Assistant Coach at Texas Tech @CoachTHester
    Tim McGraw Special Asst to the HC Head Coach at North Lake-Dallas
    Darshawn McClellan Asst. Coach Director of Scouting at Texas Tech @DJMcClellan21
    Winston Hines, Jr Asst. Coach Assistant Coach at Grambling @CoachHinesGSU
    ^ Aaron Smith Head Coach at Panola College @CoachASmith
    % Rico Sylvester Grad Asst. Graduate Assistant under Konkol @RicoSylvester
    % Zach Schonfarber Grad Asst. Graduate Assistant under Konkol @zschonfarber
    % Kyle Smith Grad Asst. Graduate Assistant under Konkol @KyleSmith1865













    * Isaiah Crawford may be eligible for Medical Redshirt (would be classified RS-So.)
    ^ Hire not announced / Reported on BB&B by DFM.
    % Still listed on LaTechSports.com roster

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    So there could always be transfers in & out, but this is solid core, with only 1 senior, but lots of Experience.

    What 5 would you start?
    PG Cobe Kaleb
    SG Keaston Bradford
    PF Green
    SF Isaiah
    C Junior Hunter

    Do we go big? I want David Green on the court, but do we have enough depth?

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Green has to learn to defend before he will get a starting nod -

    How sound is Crawford's knee? Does he trust it? Can he be the player he was in 2020-2021?

    Bradford is a walking turnover machine right now, hopefully a year of maturity will help and he can slow his game down to play smarter and truly faster

    Will Jr be back or will he listening to the noise around him?

    And if he doesn't and comes back will he develop a hard nosed edge and not pout and gripe most of the game - can he learn to avoid the stupid fouls? Hussle fouls we can live with, the stupid fouls really limit his game when we need him most. Can he develop into the star to carry this team night in and night out like Milsap and Malone did their junior years while having a target fully planted on his back?

    Willis could be our star next year - he carried us in 3 of the 4 tourney games. Can he take his game up a notch. To me he is best when drives and creates shots slashing to the basket and then works out to hit the set 3 ball

    Cobe should have a break-out offensive year next year, can he cut his missed layups in half and increase his FT% to greater than 80%?

    Will Hunter be the X factor - will he grow a 1/2 inch and add 20lbs of muscle? Will his game grow over the summer like it did over the last 1/2 of the season - if it does he could be a force to be reckoned with

    Can Konkol break the 30 year curse? On paper this could be the best team to see the floor since the 1990-91 team. If everyone comes back he has to pieces to play fast and pressure the entire court or lock it down and play half-court shut down defense. On offense we should be able to play inside or outside with equal ease.

    If Thomas leaves do we look in the portal or jc ranks for a true 7fter to pair with Jr and Crawford or do we look for a true pt or a sharp-shooter from three who can consistently bury the outside shot?
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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne From Minden View Post
    Green has to learn to defend before he will get a starting nod -

    How sound is Crawford's knee? Does he trust it? Can he be the player he was in 2020-2021?

    Bradford is a walking turnover machine right now, hopefully a year of maturity will help and he can slow his game down to play smarter and truly faster

    Will Jr be back or will he listening to the noise around him?

    And if he doesn't and comes back will he develop a hard nosed edge and not pout and gripe most of the game - can he learn to avoid the stupid fouls? Hussle fouls we can live with, the stupid fouls really limit his game when we need him most. Can he develop into the star to carry this team night in and night out like Milsap and Malone did their junior years while having a target fully planted on his back?

    Willis could be our star next year - he carried us in 3 of the 4 tourney games. Can he take his game up a notch. To me he is best when drives and creates shots slashing to the basket and then works out to hit the set 3 ball

    Cobe should have a break-out offensive year next year, can he cut his missed layups in half and increase his FT% to greater than 80%?

    Will Hunter be the X factor - will he grow a 1/2 inch and add 20lbs of muscle? Will his game grow over the summer like it did over the last 1/2 of the season - if it does he could be a force to be reckoned with

    Can Konkol break the 30 year curse? On paper this could be the best team to see the floor since the 1990-91 team. If everyone comes back he has to pieces to play fast and pressure the entire court or lock it down and play half-court shut down defense. On offense we should be able to play inside or outside with equal ease.

    If Thomas leaves do we look in the portal or jc ranks for a true 7fter to pair with Jr and Crawford or do we look for a true pt or a sharp-shooter from three who can consistently bury the outside shot?
    Agree with everything. We do need that extra sharp shooter for sure- if Thomas wants PT, he will likely need to leave. When one shooter is off, surely all will not be. Whether or not Jr. stays, and Crawford is back to his prior form will be key.

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    If Thomas leaves, we'll need a post player to replace him. Personally I hope he stays but would definitely understand if he doesn't.
    Have you considered those Dogs?

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by Cal&Ken View Post
    Agree with everything. We do need that extra sharp shooter for sure- if Thomas wants PT, he will likely need to leave. When one shooter is off, surely all will not be. Whether or not Jr. stays, and Crawford is back to his prior form will be key.
    Really? I’ve seen several Tech games where no one could hit the side of a barn.

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    Really? I’ve seen several Tech games where no one could hit the side of a barn.
    Do we really have more than 1 that is a pure shooter? Our guards have made themselves better, but Willis is really the only one I think of that is pretty consistent. Maybe I'm wrong if I go study the stats, but that is the one I expect to make them anyway. A has gotten hot in games and made them, but that is a bonus, and Cobe has had games he hit several. There have been a lot of bricks thrown up there this year. I'd love to have the luxury of more than one shooter/scorer.

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Willis was 2nd in the conference in 3pt fg %.
    Have you considered those Dogs?

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by boxerdog View Post
    If Thomas leaves, we'll need a post player to replace him. Personally I hope he stays but would definitely understand if he doesn't.
    I think we have seen Thomas's ceiling and it's not very high
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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    Really? I’ve seen several Tech games where no one could hit the side of a barn.
    Willis had a record year in makes and % - he had one bad night and he was the one player responsible for us being in the finals
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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne From Minden View Post
    I think we have seen Thomas's ceiling and it's not very high
    Oh I agree. But I've also seen some "Bigs" comparable schools are trotting out (talking about back-ups) and there's not alot of high level talent available. That includes UAB and North Texas.
    Have you considered those Dogs?

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Flat lined...

    MBB didn't improve one iota, in fact, one can argue the program regressed. That roster doesn't excite me, same ole same ole.

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by boxerdog View Post
    Willis was 2nd in the conference in 3pt fg %.
    And yet, when we needed him in a big game Saturday against UAB, he was 0-9 from 3-pt line.

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    1/2 the roster was newcomers. We lost Crawford in game 3 (he average 16pt, 6 rebounds 1st 2 games). Freshman Will Allen was out with an injury all year.

    I think if we can keep it together, next 2 years will be fun.

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    Re: The Future: 2022-23 Men's Basketball Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by HogDawg View Post
    And yet, when we needed him in a big game Saturday against UAB, he was 0-9 from 3-pt line.
    Early in the 2nd half I would have bet a dollar to a donut Willis was about to go on a streak, bury 4 in a row from the arc. Would have lost my $1. He is a good shooter. Funny thing is Coach John Calipari of Kentucky said, no shooter can make them all, just can't afford to miss 'em all. I thought of Willis when he said that.

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