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Old 01-03-2014, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default The team without Bruce Ellington

My last thread got merged into the football section, but I just want to talk about Bruce's decision to go to the NFL and how it impacts the basketball team as well as any thoughts you had on his basketball career.

I remember at one point Bruce was supposed to be the heir apparent to Devan Downey. It's crazy how things change. But do you think the team will be better without Bruce's leadership this season? Can Ty and Brenton step up with leadership? What about a freshman like Shaw or McKie?
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: The team without Bruce Ellington

They were going to have to regardless, now they'll have to a year sooner. It was good at least that Bruce was able to practice with the new guys some this year and even play a few games with them, so they got a taste of his leadership, work ethic, and just how he went about it....
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: The team without Bruce Ellington

I love Bruce and will miss him this year but it's good to keep moving forward into the team that Frank will have built from scratch.
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Default Re: The team without Bruce Ellington

I'll miss him, and I'm sure to some extent the team will too, but hopefully Brenton and Ty can carry over what Bruce taught them to the rest of the season and into next season for Ty. Frank really credited Brenton's improvement to Bruce's presence.
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Default Re: The team without Bruce Ellington

Honestly, up until last year I thought Bruce's future would be in basketball. It's obvious at this point that he has a bright future in football and I wish him the best. He's hot right now, and after the big game against Wisconsin, I think he'd be taking a big risk in coming back.

The one thing I really worry about as far as basketball is the leadership that he had to offer. Like expressed above, hopefully the few games and practices he spent with the freshman had the desired effect, and Brenton and Ty will provide the leadership going forward.

Honestly, in the long run, this may be for the best. I had been thinking about how well Duane had been playing since Hawaii and was scared that Frank would just give his minutes to Bruce when he returned. Bruce may be a tremendous leader, but Duane, Sindarius, Ty, and the others need those minutes to continue to develop chemistry going forward. We finally have a core of players that are gelling and will be together for the next year and a half. They need to play together and keep developing that chemistry.
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Default Re: The team without Bruce Ellington

I really don't think we will miss Bruce that much on the hardwood.
No offense to him, but I was never sold on him as a basketball player.
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I love Bruce and will miss him this year but it's good to keep moving forward into the team that Frank will have built from scratch.
That is another thing to point out.
Bruce and Brenton were the last remnents of the Darrin Horn era.
When Brenton graduates, that era will completely be behind us.

Not dissing Ellington or Williams, but we needed to get away from the Horn era as soon as possible.
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Default Re: The team without Bruce Ellington

I think the team is better without Bruce. He never plays in the first half of the season (pre-New Year) because of football and it is probably hard for the other guys to have any sort of chemistry with him. This is the best move for all parties involved. I'm just glad Bruce made the right decision. His future is in the NFL and playing basketball would be a dumb unnecessary risk. Also loved Spurrier's European basketball league remark, classic Spurrier.
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Honestly, up until last year I thought Bruce's future would be in basketball. It's obvious at this point that he has a bright future in football and I wish him the best. He's hot right now, and after the big game against Wisconsin, I think he'd be taking a big risk in coming back.

The one thing I really worry about as far as basketball is the leadership that he had to offer. Like expressed above, hopefully the few games and practices he spent with the freshman had the desired effect, and Brenton and Ty will provide the leadership going forward.

Honestly, in the long run, this may be for the best. I had been thinking about how well Duane had been playing since Hawaii and was scared that Frank would just give his minutes to Bruce when he returned. Bruce may be a tremendous leader, but Duane, Sindarius, Ty, and the others need those minutes to continue to develop chemistry going forward. We finally have a core of players that are gelling and will be together for the next year and a half. They need to play together and keep developing that chemistry.
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It may hurt us a little in the very short run, but this is actually better for the young guards. This will help more next year.
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It helps a lot. In many ways.
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