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  1. Smith wanted the UND job badly when Jones got it. He's from Stephen and is an UND alum. He'll be at a power 5 school in 8-10 years. I'd bet money on it.
  2. I'm sure basketball does its fair share but when it comes to Bubba he is the best PR guy UND has. Combine that with being a great football coach and I would make the argument coach Schweigert might be UNDs most valuable employee. It would serve all UND coaches well to act like Bubba in this regard. it could be a Tuesday night church supper in Harvey ND and it would not shock me at all to hear coach Schweigert was there promoting his team and UND. Pretty cool when your football coach is great at that job but he's also the best pr and overall campus recruiter UND has. Probably the biggest fan of other UND sports too.
  3. 17-18 Hawks Need Crandall - to take the next step. I think he has a shot to get drafted if he keeps improving at the rate he has. Needs to keep maturing and working hard. He was not out of place athletically tonight, he's unreal fast, 6'3, a good shooter, passer, and ball handler. Needs to take the next step if he wants to have that shot and put the team on his back. Could be the best player in the BSC and still just a JR. Drick- if he plays like he did tonight that would be perfect. 10-10 guy. Seales - take the next step as well. We need him to be a double digit scorer next year. Avants-struggles against bigger guys like tonight but can be an above average borderline all conference post against 90% of the teams we play. Knows his role and works hard. Shanks- hoping he takes a big step. Big guys take time and it's his last year. Could be a big X factor if he takes his game to another level. X Factor - Marlon Stewart. Highest recruited player on the team. I'm not expecting him to replace Hooker but if he can give us 8-14 a night the would be huge. If that happens and young guys step up we could be dancing again.
  4. Great fight by the team tonight. Congrats to the team and coaches. Best season of UND basketball ever imo. Great careers by Hooker and Baldwin. Great coaching this year as well. I hope this serves as a lesson to alums administration and everyone that MENS BASKETBALL IS UND's BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPOSURE. So much attention on this tourney. No reason UND shouldn't invest more in basketball and strive to be a mid major program that makes the tourney 3-5 times every 10 years. Maybe some years get a 12-13 seed a win a few games. Alls it takes for mid majors to take off is go on a run one year and ride that momentum. Gonzaga, VCU, UNI, Butler, Florida Gulf, St Mary's are all examples. Make the commitment to basketball. Huge ROI potential.
  5. Saw OL Bull from Canada is visiting. Would be unreal get for UND IMO. Guys that size should not be able to move like that. Surprised he doesn't have P5 offers.
  6. Renolds is a tackling machine. Always around the football. Mauch from Hankinson, Hankey from Park River and Jepson from Killeer are some others that I don't think have committed yet.
  7. I sure hope none of our coaches think like you. I see a school with good basketball tradition, a nice facility, a US News top 180 ranking, FULL cost of attendance, good fan support, etc. Pretty easy to sell a kid who wants to play ball that you can come up here and just focus on basketball. As for the local talent I'm pretty confident you could field a really good big sky team without hardly leaving ND SD MN NE IA Wi and IL. There's plenty of teams in the summit and mvc that do that and the best D2 conference in the country also. Not a whole lot of difference in the talent from top NSIC and big sky other than your high end big sky guys. See Bubba Schweigert for example. He takes every negative or excuse in your case, someone might say about UND and turns it into a positive. It's also no coincidence that his program is doing great and he's pretty much recruiting those states I listed.
  8. Spoke with some bison buddies of mine this week and the whole conversation was about how loaded UND will be and how they can't believe we got JJ and how UND could beat competing for the national title. While that was a much better conversation than what it was a few years ago I'm a little worried the preseason hype will be very strong for our guys. I hope Bubba and the s&c staff are driving it home that we haven't done squat yet and are keeping our guys hungry. Should be the most hyped UND season in maybe forever. Hope our guys are staying humble and hungry. Can't wait for next year.
  9. Caught a little USD women the other day. How did UND let Madison McKeever from Erskine end up at usd? Really good player for usd as a true fresh already. Can't let talent like that 45 minutes from campus go to another regional school.
  10. In the Moorhead Northern St game last night Wathall's team lost, but some interesting numbers. Tanner Kretchmen - 41 points Fargo Davies grad Aaron Lien - 36 points Moorhead grad Mack Arvidson - 30 points Grand Forks Red River grad All 3 somewhat recruited by UND I believe, all three can shoot the 3 ball. All averaging over 17 a game and will be all NSIC players. I could name 6-7 guys over the last 4-5 years for UND these guys should've had scholarships over. Take a look at some of the conference leader stats for the NSIC and you'll see their names at the top of places UND could use help with. Not trying to pile on because I hope the team does well and wins the big sky and just know those 3 were looked at by UND and passed on and they are 3 of the better players in the nsic right now. Thought of that when Wathalls name was brought up.
  11. Wonder if UND will offer the other two. Probably need OL at this point but all 3 are top 20 mn recruits with multiple offers. Guessing no if it hasn't happened already.
  12. 100%. Santiago is a top ten back in the country and so is Brady. Neither of them are moving from running back. Yes Jon should play some out of the slot but he needs 15-20 carries a game. Id like more screens and swing passes out of the backfield with him. There is no way on earth the coaches are remotely considering moving a guy on pace to break the rushing record at UND away from running back. Lets drop the Santiago to WR stuff...ain't happening nor should it. He might line up some outside but the guy is an ALL AMERICAN running back.
  13. Tough week. Both their BB teams got taken to the woodshed by us now we're taking football recruits they want.
  14. I think we'll find room for him. Can tell the Bison didn't really want him though, there's only one thread with 40 plus pages dedicated to just him.
  15. I agree with this. Need to get him touches but he is a RB. Percy Hardin role is a good example. Whether it's kick punt jet sweep bubble screen hand off or 9 route Jon needs 20-30 touches a game.