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Old 10-16-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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The Gamecock men's Bball team will hold an open practice tomorrow (Friday, October 17) at the practice facility on the corner of Blossom and Assembly. Doors will open at 5:45 pm and practice will start at 6pm, featuring an intra-squad scrimmage. Admission is free... A great chance to see Frank & the team as they prepare for the upcoming season. I'm going to try and get my two oldest grandsons to go with me.
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Some of you guys who go to this open practice, please give a report later tonight on what you saw and your opinions on it. I can't go, and I want to know what others think about it.
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I wasn't able to make it, I hope we hear some good reports.
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Went to the practice tonight at the volleyball facility. The team came out and warmed up quickly and then played 4 (maybe 5) five minute quarters. At the end of each quarter the two teams would swap a player or two and then resume play.

The team played fast and the refs were calling offensive fouls very tight, especially moving screens. Lots of charging fouls as well. Don't know if these are going to be points of emphasis this year... If they are, it will really break up the flow of the game.

There were maybe 100- 150 people there as well as TV cameras. Cocky was working the crowd and they gave out posters/ schedules. The guys look to be in very good shape.

Several players had good showings. TeMarcus Blanton is going to be a very good player for us, maybe sooner than later. Stroman is quick, and once he gains an advantage, there wasn't anyone who could stop him before he either got to the rim or made a pass should have led to an assist (if we could shoot). Duane Notice really has a Bball body now and Ty Johnson looks to be recovered and confident. Carrera showed good hops and once he gets his hands on a rebound, he seldom loses control. Chat looks to be in his best shape so far, in fact, everyone seemed to be fit.

Towards the end, Stoman had a few turnovers... some his fault and some from other players not expecting the ball and being unprepared to catch it. On several good feeds our bigs still could not get the ball in the basket from close range. Finishing is still a concern.

After the scrimmage, Frank addressed the crowd and bragged on the players effort, saying how hard they have been working to represent the university. He also thanked us for coming to watch, and said that the players would like to talk/interact with us before we left. He also said that they had a 2 1/2 hour practice prior to this scrimmage, so don't blame the players if they looked a little tired.

Was able to shake hands/speak with several of the players. Every player that I had contact with was pleasant, enthused and seemed to truly appreciate us fans.

When Frank finished up a TV interview, I was able to speak with him briefly about the team. When I mentioned how impressed I have been with Stroman and Blanton his eyes lit up. He really seems enthused about their competitive spirit and basketball IQ.

I don't know how many games we will win this year or whether we will play in the post season, but this team is getting better. We may continue to struggle inside against big teams, but I think we will take better care of the ball with Johnson and Stroman. We will miss Brenton's outside shot, but if McKie and Notice can shoot like they did this summer in the ProAm this will allow Thornwell to slash... this team could be fun to watch.

P.S. I was able to talk with Brian Steele and he has just been cleared to start jogging and do some side to side movement. He seemed in good spirits and is anticipating to be recovered and ready by the first game. Always like to pull for young men who give such effort and seem to love and value their time on the court.
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Went to the practice tonight at the volleyball facility. The team came out and warmed up quickly and then played 4 (maybe 5) five minute quarters. At the end of each quarter the two teams would swap a player or two and then resume play.

The team played fast and the refs were calling offensive fouls very tight, especially moving screens. Lots of charging fouls as well. Don't know if these are going to be points of emphasis this year... If they are, it will really break up the flow of the game.

There were maybe 100- 150 people there as well as TV cameras. Cocky was working the crowd and they gave out posters/ schedules. The guys look to be in very good shape.

Several players had good showings. TeMarcus Blanton is going to be a very good player for us, maybe sooner than later. Stroman is quick, and once he gains an advantage, there wasn't anyone who could stop him before he either got to the rim or made a pass should have led to an assist (if we could shoot). Duane Notice really has a Bball body now and Ty Johnson looks to be recovered and confident. Carrera showed good hops and once he gets his hands on a rebound, he seldom loses control. Chat looks to be in his best shape so far, in fact, everyone seemed to be fit.

Towards the end, Stoman had a few turnovers... some his fault and some from other players not expecting the ball and being unprepared to catch it. On several good feeds our bigs still could not get the ball in the basket from close range. Finishing is still a concern.

After the scrimmage, Frank addressed the crowd and bragged on the players effort, saying how hard they have been working to represent the university. He also thanked us for coming to watch, and said that the players would like to talk/interact with us before we left. He also said that they had a 2 1/2 hour practice prior to this scrimmage, so don't blame the players if they looked a little tired.

Was able to shake hands/speak with several of the players. Every player that I had contact with was pleasant, enthused and seemed to truly appreciate us fans.

When Frank finished up a TV interview, I was able to speak with him briefly about the team. When I mentioned how impressed I have been with Stroman and Blanton his eyes lit up. He really seems enthused about their competitive spirit and basketball IQ.

I don't know how many games we will win this year or whether we will play in the post season, but this team is getting better. We may continue to struggle inside against big teams, but I think we will take better care of the ball with Johnson and Stroman. We will miss Brenton's outside shot, but if McKie and Notice can shoot like they did this summer in the ProAm this will allow Thornwell to slash... this team could be fun to watch.

P.S. I was able to talk with Brian Steele and he has just been cleared to start jogging and do some side to side movement. He seemed in good spirits and is anticipating to be recovered and ready by the first game. Always like to pull for young men who give such effort and seem to love and value their time on the court.
Great insight! I really feel like we have a chance to do a complete 180. The players sure seem like they have read a billion books on basketball in the off season.
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Hopefully the missed close range shots were due to the 2.5 hour practice before the scrimmage.

Thanks for the post. The season is going to start quickly this year.

Game 1 vs. North florida and I don't expect them to be a push over. Nov 14th

Game 2 vs. Baylor. We'll know what we have in a hurry this year. Nov 18th
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Thanks for the reports.
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:52 AM   #9
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P.S. I was able to talk with Brian Steele and he has just been cleared to start jogging and do some side to side movement. He seemed in good spirits and is anticipating to be recovered and ready by the first game.
I guess I missed something over the summer.

Did Steele have some kind of surgery?
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I guess I missed something over the summer.

Did Steele have some kind of surgery?
He had a minor injury a couple of weeks ago or so, if i remember correctly... he should be ready for the season from what I remember.
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Went to the practice tonight at the volleyball facility. The team came out and warmed up quickly and then played 4 (maybe 5) five minute quarters. At the end of each quarter the two teams would swap a player or two and then resume play.

The team played fast and the refs were calling offensive fouls very tight, especially moving screens. Lots of charging fouls as well. Don't know if these are going to be points of emphasis this year... If they are, it will really break up the flow of the game.

There were maybe 100- 150 people there as well as TV cameras. Cocky was working the crowd and they gave out posters/ schedules. The guys look to be in very good shape.

Several players had good showings. TeMarcus Blanton is going to be a very good player for us, maybe sooner than later. Stroman is quick, and once he gains an advantage, there wasn't anyone who could stop him before he either got to the rim or made a pass should have led to an assist (if we could shoot). Duane Notice really has a Bball body now and Ty Johnson looks to be recovered and confident. Carrera showed good hops and once he gets his hands on a rebound, he seldom loses control. Chat looks to be in his best shape so far, in fact, everyone seemed to be fit.

Towards the end, Stoman had a few turnovers... some his fault and some from other players not expecting the ball and being unprepared to catch it. On several good feeds our bigs still could not get the ball in the basket from close range. Finishing is still a concern.

After the scrimmage, Frank addressed the crowd and bragged on the players effort, saying how hard they have been working to represent the university. He also thanked us for coming to watch, and said that the players would like to talk/interact with us before we left. He also said that they had a 2 1/2 hour practice prior to this scrimmage, so don't blame the players if they looked a little tired.

Was able to shake hands/speak with several of the players. Every player that I had contact with was pleasant, enthused and seemed to truly appreciate us fans.

When Frank finished up a TV interview, I was able to speak with him briefly about the team. When I mentioned how impressed I have been with Stroman and Blanton his eyes lit up. He really seems enthused about their competitive spirit and basketball IQ.

I don't know how many games we will win this year or whether we will play in the post season, but this team is getting better. We may continue to struggle inside against big teams, but I think we will take better care of the ball with Johnson and Stroman. We will miss Brenton's outside shot, but if McKie and Notice can shoot like they did this summer in the ProAm this will allow Thornwell to slash... this team could be fun to watch.

P.S. I was able to talk with Brian Steele and he has just been cleared to start jogging and do some side to side movement. He seemed in good spirits and is anticipating to be recovered and ready by the first game. Always like to pull for young men who give such effort and seem to love and value their time on the court.
Good report!
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Thanks for that report carolinacocky. Reading some of that plus the interview Martin did during the Furman game really have me excited for the basketball season.
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