Kinsella will be a key contributor this year because he is a pick-n-pop guy. With G'Town's Hibbert and Pitt's Gray, Kinsella will be needed and depended upon.
Lott has gained 18 to 20 lbs. this off season and is working on, and improved his midrange jumper.
Fitz had missed all summer workouts because of a stress fracture in his hip. Something that is usually a cycleist's injury.
Since coming back, Fitz has looked great and will be one of the best offensive rebounders. Having a big guy that can handle the ball at the 4, will allow him to draw out opponents big men – matchup wise. We have a 3 pt drill that we do where you try to hit as many as you can in five minutes. the all time record was Steve Novak with 57. David Cubillan had 55 in a workout this week – but then Fitz hit 65.
He is a player that thinks too much, analyzes everything, would be better off if he ‘just played'.
Ooze has been the most improved player on our team since the end of last year. He is developing a nice turnaround jumper in the post.
Dominic is dealing with a whole new level celebrity as ESPN is now using him in advertising and people are predicting 1st, 2nd or 3rd team All-American. He is working hard to improve and has much better vision finding teammates. He has a 3.18 GPA and he needs a 3.2 to be an Academic All-American.
Wesley Matthews had 15 points and 13 rebounds vs Lewis last year, hurt his foot and missed over a month. They have a rule that you don't lose your starting role to injury, but when he came back, Joe Chapman was playing well and Wesley really showed a lot of class accepting the role of coming off the bench and played very well for us.
Jerel McNeal was 2nd in Big East in steals and his game over the last month has been exploding. He was dominant in drills last Monday, scored three times going to his left, using his left hand. Also made a great tip-dunk off of a missed shot where he came from 27 feet out. Never saw him do that before.
He's finding his identity on the team in playing the 4. Steve Novak created matchup problems for us at the PF from the outside, Dwight will have to learn to defend the post.
Lazar Hayward will be special for us, the paperwork is being reviewed, until then he can't even practice in our own building, so he shoots around at the old gym and at the Rec Center. Last time he saw him was at the Elite Camp in June, he has special skills, great range, a long wingspan and can rebound. He can score from the post and we will play him at three positions, the 4, 3 and 2. If we hadn't recruited him he would have gone to UConn or Pittsburgh.
We got him to commit early because we loved his mental toughness and his energy level. He is a very good shooter and will be a key player off of the bench for us this year as we will play three and four guard sets. His name will mean instant defense.
We are contemplating red-shirting him. He was expected to report at 190 lbs, came in 166 and after hitting the MU weight program, is already at 170.
Not recruiting him out of high school was a mistake. We did not recruit him hard because we had Brandon Bell and Niv Berkowitz had just come in. When Niv got homesick and left we were caught shorthanded.