I'll take a wait and see approach as I've been to high in the past with incoming recruits but a few observations based on numbers.
- Legit big body at 6'7 235lb
- Draws fouls at an insane clip...127th in the country, 105th in the country as a freshman, this usually means a very active player who plays hard
- Is a very good rebounder
- Solid passer for a big...assist rate of 14%. By comparison Lulka was 6.1%, Hanks 5.7%, Lauderdale 4.7%
- Below average shooter...can hit a ft% though...which is good considering he lives at the line.
Reminds me a lot of an old Knick Anthony Mason (obviously a VERY POOR mans Anthony Mason). Mason wasn't a great NBA talent but was MAX EFFORT all day long. Albany needs some size so perhaps he can give them something.
Very much on the periphery of the 2020 Recruiting Thread, but Georges Lefebvre's teammates who got some mention here (Emmanuel Bonsu and Ivan Misic) are headed to the Northeast-10 at Stonehill and Bentley, respectively.
I'm impressed with Picarelli's ball handling and speed for a guard of his size. My immediate concern would be his trigger-happy shot selection (but that's really hard to tell from these videos). He looks pretty physically mature for an 18-year-old, unless he's older and the Italian equivalent of a JuCo transfer. I'd be pretty excited if I were a UMBC fan.
Picarelli has played with potential lottery pick Nico Mannion on the U16/18 national team. In the Next Gen Cup he shot 58 threes in 6 games! Also shot 40 free throws. Will be interesting to see how much PT he gets the next time the team takes the court. I like it.
Wojcik shows potential as a big who can create space and hit the open 3 ball. Good size and production when on the floor and healthy. Seems like a solid guy to take a chance on.
Albany has proven this statement to be true. If you get lucky with the right recruits you can go on a run, but it definitely leads to up and down years.
As a purple and gold wearing homer, I am hoping that Browns experience with this will allow UA to better adapt to the new world of college hoops and transfers and give us a leg up in the coming years.
Players like Lamb that star for 4 years are going to continue to be fewer and further between.
Power Conferences deal with one and done
Mid majors deal with transfers up
The teams that get the best JUCO guys, the best power school players that transfer down for more PT, and treat their homegrown players the best to convince them to stay will be the most successful.
I'm thinking the teams in the largest markets with the least competition from major sports programs (pro leagues and power college programs) will end up as the most successful as players can start to earn income from their image. They money they can make from local appearances and car dealership commercials will probably be more in Albany than it will be in Orono. SBU might have even more luck, but players will have to compete with teams in all major sports. In Bing, will a local car dealership hire a Bearcat, or will they go after an Orangemen player? UVM has a smaller MSA and media market than Albany has, but there will be way less competition for dollars.
The whole landscape is changing and will be unrecognizable in 5-10 years, saying nothing about the COVID issues.
There has been plenty of rumor and articles during the past couple of weeks that suggest possible expansion of various BCS leagues......and now comes this from the Big East:
Their commish talks about...
The more I read about the virus spread, the stupidity of so many people nation wide and the consequences for even one or two members of a team coming down with the virus during the season, it seems the whole league could be thrown into disarray in an instant...Games cancelled, teams needing to...
Traci Carter and Malik Ellison were best friends in high school when they played together.
Coach Gal said this is the best freshman class he has brought in.
High expectations for frosh Flowers.
Gal said Miroslav Stafl is the best offensive down low player he has brought in.