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This is assuming right now everyone comes back (this may or may not happen)

This is going to be an important year for a lot of people as UND enters Year 2 of the Summit.  UND has to replace 2 solid starters in Avants and Seales, who were solid 4 year contributors to the program.   While Seales could be an easier piece to replace, the question will be how UND will be able to replace was Avants brought to the 5 position.  

There is potential in this squad to be a contender in a WIDE open Summit League next year.  There could be as many as 6 teams that could potentially make a run for the title next year.  Of course a lot can change on these rosters throughout the Summer.  However, UND does have issues that they need to address if they truly want to make a run.  First, UND needs to address the 5 spot in the lineup.  As much as I love Rebraca, he need to stay at the 4 and only play the 5 in certain situations. I don't know much about Schmidt, but it could be a tall order to ask him to come in and be ready off a redshirt. According to Verbals, UND does have 2 scholarships to play with.  This is a spot where I think Jones should take a chance on a grad transfer. He did alright with Dale in 2017, perhaps he can strike again.  If not, find that HS heavy big that can bang with some of the bigger bodies in the Summit.  

The 2nd issue is the point guard spot.  Unless UND is content with Marlon at the point and thinks Davids and/or Panoam is the guy, I would use the 2nd available scholarship on a point guard.  

So how does UND maximize their potential with their returning lineup?  Lets start with the Senior Class:  This class as gotten a lot of flack for various reasons.  My personal thoughts:  If UND wants to reach the promise land, these three players need to lead the way and step up their games.  This means Stewart becoming one of the better players in the conference, it means Walter and Brown becoming more than borderline starter/reserve.  Granted, these players did show improvements but if you ask me they are not where they need to be right now to help this team go where they need to go.  

The Junior Class is interesting:  There wasn't a whole lot of contribution from them as sophomores and this has all the making of a total whiff of a class from the staff.  If Panoam is the future PG of this team, he needs to start showing it and having a big summer.  I love what Brooks brings, he knows his role on defense. I would like to see if can score a little to maybe get more minutes.  I expected more from Saddler but he never really got his chance.  Someone here needs to break out and give UND a jolt from the juniors.  

The Sophomore Class has two consistent contributors in Moody and Rebraca.  Both can be better and become really good players next year.  The question will be what role will they play?  Do they overtake the two seniors in their positions and start?  Does Rebraca start at the 5 and play with Walters? Does Moody play at the 3 with Brown?  They both have deficiencies that they need to work on to really maximize their potential (Moody with defense and Rebraca with weight and getting more polished on everything).  The rest of the class?  Well here is where it gets tricky: Outside of Ethan getting some run in the conference season, there is many questions that are left to be answered.  If there is potential turnover in the roster, this is the place to look.  Jal was very hyped but after a few games, he didn't get much time.  Davids started at the point guard position in the beginning of the year, but then was replaced and didn't get much time after.  Marko was a reserve who played here and there but didn't get a big run.  What will become of these three players?  Does Davids figure out the point guard role and get some minutes?  Does Jal put on the weight and start tapping into that raw potential?  Does Marko have the game slow down enough for him to get that shot of his out on the floor.  One of these three need to figure it out and become part of this rotation, especially if Marko and Davids can figure it out.  I think Ethan has a nice little nitche for him as well as someone who can come in and knock down some shots.  You can never had too many of those players. 

Right Now UND has two members of the freshman class: One is DeSean, who comes in with a good pedigree and could finally be that true 3 that Jones hasn't had really since Troy Huff.  He has been practicing with the squad since the start of the 2nd semester.  The question will be how much action does he get?  Will he be a key reserve?  Will he slide into the starting lineup?  With his size and his ability to play the 3 and the 4 in small ball lineups, Jones could throw a lot of different combinations if he wanted to with DeSean.  

Schmidt is that bigger body, but who know what he can bring to the table at this stage.  I would love that he would step in and be a competent big at the 5 spot so Rebraca can play more 4, but we will have to see. 

If I had to guess a starting lineup based on what we have right now.

Stewart

Brown

Moody

Walter 

Rebraca

This is what I would do, but this is what I would guess Jones would do.  If I had a choice, if Moody had improve his defense enough and DeSean was ready, I'd start Moody at the 2 and DeSean at the 3.  

5 burning Questions

1) What does UND do with the 2 remaining scholarships (if we are to believe Verbals)?

2) What will be the roles of Brown and Walter going forward: Starters or Reserves?

3) Who from the Sophomore Class will step up and contribute outside of Moody and Rebraca?

4) Does DeSean have an impact from Day 1?

5) How much turnover does UND have in players and in coaching staff?

5-ish players who need to have a big offseason

1) Stewart: Improve the 3 point shot

2) Rebraca: Get bigger and work on EVERYTHING!

3) Moody:  Take the next step and be an all-around guard, which means Defense, Defense, Defense and play-making

4) Jal:  He needs to put on weight and UND needs to figure out what role he can play on this squad

5) Brown/Walter: How much more can they improve on their games to get them to be a solid starter.  Brown needs to keep working on attacking the rim and defending, Walter needs to put on weight and play some defense in the post as well as working on that 3 point shot.

Lastly, I hope there is plans for this team to make a Foreign trip this summer.  I wish they had a chance to do it last year but I think it would be a nice leg up for this squad.  

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Thought the NCAA regs only allow a foreign trip every five years.  Otherwise, the P5 would take them all summers.

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Jal obviously needs to gain a good 40lbs but more than that he needs to gain the ability to create his own shot. He’s so long and bouncy that he could be unguardable in the midrange and eventually stretching out to 3. He was way more raw than I was expecting but I think we all see the potential in him. 

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2 minutes ago, UND Fan said:

Is the article mistaken, or would he really still have 4 seasons eligibility after a transfer year, medical redshirt year, and a prep league year?

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1 hour ago, SiouxFan100 said:

Would someone be nice enough to put a “mb” in the title of this thread?

What is this all about?

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On 5/21/2019 at 10:52 PM, sioux24/7 said:

What is this all about?

Mb as in men’s basketball 

might just be me but it is easier to follow as we have other teams that have the same season 

no big deal just suggesting 

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On 5/21/2019 at 9:12 PM, SiouxFan100 said:

Would someone be nice enough to put a “mb” in the title of this thread?

You mean this thread in the Men's Basketball forum? ;) 

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26 minutes ago, The Sicatoka said:

You mean this thread in the Men's Basketball forum? ;) 

Yes the one when you look at most recent posts on the bottom of the home page says men basketball instead of just the season for one of our sports 

that said, I humbly withdraw my suggestion! I will go back to my room now!

peace. :)

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Looks like DeSean Eikins has decided to transfer and has re-opened his recruiting.  Sounds like he has the option to return/stay with UND if he doesn’t find another school to his liking.  

 

I wonder if there will will be others?

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Do d2 transfers to d1 have to sit out a year

 

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1 hour ago, dmksioux said:

Looks like DeSean Eikins has decided to transfer and has re-opened his recruiting.  Sounds like he has the option to return/stay with UND if he doesn’t find another school to his liking.  

 

I wonder if there will will be others?

The guy is a stud, I was very surprised he committed to UND to begin as he had interest from higher D1 schools 

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28 minutes ago, ND1 said:

The guy is a stud, I was very surprised he committed to UND to begin as he had interest from higher D1 schools 

Agreed.  Must’ve really liked what Jones had to say and had planned for him.  Still a chance he stays, but I would guess that would be a long shot...

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I noticed Bijek wasn’t in the video UND posted yesterday. Could mean nothing but I think he was someone to keep an eye on even if Jones would have stayed. 

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5 hours ago, dmksioux said:

Agreed.  Must’ve really liked what Jones had to say and had planned for him.  Still a chance he stays, but I would guess that would be a long shot...

Always a chance. 

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9 hours ago, dmksioux said:

Looks like DeSean Eikins has decided to transfer and has re-opened his recruiting.  Sounds like he has the option to return/stay with UND if he doesn’t find another school to his liking.  

 

I wonder if there will will be others?

This is very surprising and very concerning!  Grabowski was the one who got him to UND. I am quite sure that Grabowski is being retained. I had hoped that would help solidify Eikens staying in GF!!

Eikens broke an ankle 2-3 months but it was hoped he would be ready to go by fall. 

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23 minutes ago, gfhockey said:

On post he said assistants taking other jobs 

I may be wrong - we should know soon!

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