Davor Duvancic is graduating. Brandon Lee will not be with the team for a year.--DaveLoveJY
Everyone was calling him "little Jitim" but the only similarities they have is both are guards, from Illinois, and African-American. Northwestern was suppose to be on the rise after the Jitim Young era but this team seems to be falling apart. NU will not play in a system that allows Mo to be effective and how easy will it be to guard NU next year when teams are going to send two and three guys at Vedran. Mike Thompson will probably be gone and if not he won't be as effective as he could be if you put him and Mo in a lot of pick and roll situations. However that is asking a lot because NU can't relate to that type of basketball.
Throughout the tournament I watched some great teams play. 3 of them were from the Big Ten in the Elite 8. I felt that with Jitim this season NU could have and would have [been] but that isn't reality for the kids in Evanston. Illinois, & Michigan State, brought their same teams back from last season and went to the final four. Wisconsin brought their same team from last season except for one player elite 8 and the Hoosiers brought back their same team, without 2 players, [and went] to the NIT.
What I'm saying is all the "veteran" [Big 10] teams had greater success than the previous year except NU.
I watch NC State who also runs the "Princeton Offense" and tell me why is Julius Hodge, the same height and size as Mohammed, leading his team at the point and the off guard position. Hodge doesn't handle the ball any better than Mo, isn't as good a passer, not more athletic, but he is in the sweet sixteen. NC state doesn't limit Hodge, his coach uses all of his talents to the fullest. Mohammed's game is scrutnized in this system and it definitely limits the success that NU could have. Just like it limited the success of NU when Young was there.
I saw Ed McCants in the sweet sixteen and the year he had this season and last year would have been extremely difficult almost impossible had he stayed. Whenever he shot the ball as a freshman Carmondy sat him. He was a better player than Blake in high school so why not start him at NU. Maybe he doesn't start at Ohio State but Northwestern? Come on. Seeing him play was another reason why I decided to post this message at the end of the final four. And while in St. Louis I saw Illinois products from Chicago and the Chicago area [playing].
Everyone tells me that it was amazing Jitim manage to average what he did as a player under Carmondy, but that was just greatness within Jitim Young. Put him in Hodge's situation and Young averages goes from 18 to 20 or 21.No more bigtime recruits will come to NU for a long time after Young, hopefully he gets in the NBA soon and recruiting might catch the eye some good player but it will be tough for NU to land another All-American.
The kid from Brother Rice committed to North Carolina, and other in state basketball players decided to go to other schools but NU. Minnoy from Hales had NU as a choice but decided to attend Purdue. Where is NU basketball headed? Right now it doesn't look good.
Coach Carmondy got "Coach of the Year" they should have given it to Young.
I don't mean to be negative. I'm a Jitim Young fan so I follow NU but this season was very disappointing and with all these problems off the court next year might be 11-19.
Beat 'em All!
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