That being said, seeing guys like Tory Jackson and Eric Atkins get bigger over the years, I would expect Cam to get a lot stronger as well.
This team could be very interesting fielding a roster like: DJ, Grant, Cam, VJ, PC, Auguste and Burgett in a couple years.
What are your thoughts on the basketball strength and conditioning program? My observation is that the team seems to have adequate conditioning however, at least by the eye test, their upper and lower body strength seems to be an area that could be improved across the roster.
They wear down teams, both with depth and with conditioning. Not too many teams can pressure the ball all game long because they aren't in the shape Louisville players are in.
Pitino shed some anecdotal light on some of this the other day when he was discussing how deceptively strong Russ Smith is. The guy is 6'1"-2" and weighs around 140 but can rep 185 on the bench 25 times. Siva and Smith once had a pull-up contest, and Siva made Smith put a 15 pound weight vest on to make it "a little more fair." Siva did 38 pull-ups, Smith did 39.
...and said with the younger, more athletic group he has, he is going to make his conditioning program much more grueling because of the youth and increased athleticism of the the underclassmen. He said he anticipates running more with this group and picking up defensively a lot more at 3/4 court.
I sure hope it shows this fall.
We can dream, right?
were possibly the best backcourt in the country.
to keep everyone fresh, I would be overjoyed. That is the type of team that I love to watch. Ideally, ND and "Burn" won't be used in the same sentence in the next few years.
He said he didn't use the "burn" too much this season excepting the end-of-game situations. He basically said next season, the only time it'll come out is in end-of-game situations.
If you are ahead, run the !!&)!&s out of the gym. IMO, basketball is best when teams push the ball up and down the court, and press. The hell with the slow down burn crap. That is geared to soothe coaches' egos and provide them with more control The game should be about the players, not the coaches.
...there is also something to be said about not giving the other team the ball back too quickly when you're up by 2 or 3 scores and there is under 2 minutes left. Fans get pissed if their team gives up the game at the end because they didn't slow the pace down and let the other team back in the game.
IMO, Brey is too nice at times and his teams often lack a killer instinct. I see a connection between the two. To be great, a coach has to be a bit unbalanced and have an unhealthy obsession with winning. Great coaches aren't content to win; they want to pound the crap out of the other team 24 by 7. The mindset is "We are bettert than you and we are going to let you know it." They don't stop. If you are beating a team by pressing, why stop when you are ahead? Run the !)!! into the ground.
After the 5 OT game, fans and the media were singing Brey's praises. In hindsight would you rather him or Pitino, with all his warts? Brey's the nicer person; I would want my son playing for Rick.
I have felt for awhile that the strength and conditioning program for the basketball team needed improvement. Some guys have taken advantage of the program, others don't appear any bigger or stronger than when they started. The backcourt guys plus CB seemed to wear down as the season went on and Sherman sure could use some "physicality" in the paint. I didn't hear coach Brey last night, but I an glad to hear talk about the strength and endurance of his team. Hopefully, there will some changes and accountability for guys who are not keeping up. I've always wondered how much supervision basketball guys who have been lifting at six a.m. in the summer have. A training table might be hard to do every day with all the travel once conference play starts. But wouldn't it be worth looking into for the summer sessions and the fall semester? If I was Brey I would be looking at anything that would help improve my team's strength and endurance.
That DJ will be the best on the ball defender the minute he puts on a uniform. He also said that he`s been playing some pick up games on campus and according to Grrick Sherman was awesome the other night. Here were a few of his other comments.
-Vasturia will look like a college junior when practice starts because of his great feel for game.
-Zach is close and wants him to keep working, loves the energy he brings
-Atkins,Grant and DJ together will be the fastest 3 at those positions he`s ever had
-VJ and his skill set will fit perfectly in the system
-needs better leadership from the vets this year,Atkins is the most vocal but everyone needs to help out.
-Going out recruiting rest of this month, needs bigs
Kudos to the host Darrin for a very enjoyable interview
"He's our high energy guy and I don't like taking high energy guys off the floor"
He also spoke of the physicality of the Big East versus the skill and quickness of the ACC.
The staff is already breaking down film of ACC teams to establish tendencies.
I would also welcome a higher pressure defense. If he is going to push and run more then he'll have to open up the minutes a little bit too which would also be a welcome change in my opinion. Thanks for the update.
Probably better for big men than anyone else. Cooley, Broghammer, and Knight have developed substantially since they arrived on campus. Harangody was a completely different guy by the time he was a junior - lean but stronger than ever.
Among recent guards, Tory Jackson got a lot stronger in his time at Notre Dame without losing any quickness; and Hansbrough's transformation from his first year on the court to his second was remarkable. Connaughton was much stronger this year compared to his first, and I think he played a much more physical game as a result.
It's hard to tell much about Atkins and Grant because they were so slight when they arrived. If ND's rosters are to be believed, Ankins has added 9 pounds (173 to 182) sophomore season to junior season, and Grant added 17 pounds (185 to 202). If that's true, it's all muscle because I didn't see any fat on them. Maybe the thin guys just need time.