That bench push was incredibly inspiring and fun to watch. I felt great for those guys! If Henry can improve his mid-range and outside shot I think he could ultimately be the beet freshman in this class. It will be his team next year so we will see how it goes.solid solid win for the Hawks. Team win. Bench push in the first half was really good to see. See what happens when you find PJ Henry minutes? He makes plays. Although this was a nice bright spot for the team, PJ didn't see the 2nd half, which was surprising. I really like DJ Mitchell, but I think Gal can find a better mix of sprinkling PJ in during games to find scoring chances. DJ has been off the past 4 games. I get it that PJ is primarily a PG, and Gal wants to use him to spell Carter, but he's gotta find time for the freshman. He plays well! anyways, don't want to take away from the solid win. Hope they keep the momentum going against UVM and gives them a really good game
You have to remember that when Hartford came into the conference there were a bunch of Private schools in the conference (Siena/Niagra/BU/Holy Cross/Canisius/Northeastern/Colgate)....Then when some of those schools left we still got more private schools (Drexel/Hofstra/Towson....plus state school Delaware). It was sheer luck that 3 NY state schools were ready to join the AE when the AE needed them.... which then made everything much more state school centric. I think Hartford has always been happy in this conference ... with the geographical arrangement as well as the association with the member schools.I'm a Vermont fan who caught the last 5 minutes of Hartford and SB. Very impressive win for Hartford. I'm glad to see SB get the loss, but now I'm not so confident about Saturday. Congratulations!
Here's an out-of-left-field question for you guys. What's the backstory on Hartford being the only private school in an otherwise state university conference and CCSU being the only state school in an otherwise private school conference? Wouldn't it make more sense for CCSU to try to switch? There's no reason that public and private schools can't be in conferences together, but when you're considering programs with lower budgets than the high majors, the privates have a certain financial advantage. Private schools can generally create scholarships by simply not charging tuition to recruits, but public schools' spots in their entering classes are technically state assets funded by taxpayers, so they have to actually raise money to buy out the value of the scholarships that they want to award.
equally excited. also been thinking how they will use him. He's basically the same player as Flowers? Is Flowers or Gray skilled enough with the ball to run an offense? Will it be a mix of Henry and Mitchell at the Point and play three guards with Flowers and Gray as the other two and then Stafl and Marks as bigs?Looking forward to seeing AJ Gray next year in a Hartford uniform:
Gray does remind me of Flowers certainly in his defensive game and slashing/driving to the hoop. One thing I have noticed in his clips most recently is a lot of 3 point shooting as well. No idea if Gray can be a point. Flowers in the makeup of that team would probably be third option at the point. They also have a guy coming in at shooting guard (Briggs McClain) who is leading his private school ( ST Maria Goretti PA) in scoring and is right up there in scoring in his conference. it will be interesting to see where Kingman fits into the mix. Plus I wonder if Covolic/Stepanyants/Sullivan return as I think they will all have graduated. So it’s possible there are more slots which based on this years success in bringing in Carter & Ellison I would t be surprised to see another graduate transfer come in.equally excited. also been thinking how they will use him. He's basically the same player as Flowers? Is Flowers or Gray skilled enough with the ball to run an offense? Will it be a mix of Henry and Mitchell at the Point and play three guards with Flowers and Gray as the other two and then Stafl and Marks as bigs?
I hope that will not be the case. honestly I highly doubt it. These guys all have the potential of 30+ minutes next year. Additionally when you see that the starting 5 from last year are all playing professionally and doing well that is a selling point.my biggest fear on next year still remains that one of the future 4 (Henry, Flowers, Stafl and Marks) will not end up staying and transfer to a school in a better conference (i.e. A10)...