Helwagen, Lamb Chat Archives

Click here for archives of the Chat sessions conducted by Steve Helwagen on Thursday and Kyle Lamb on Wednesday.

Here are excerpts from Thursday's Chat with Steve Helwagen:

BuckeyeDave (Apr 7, 2005 11:08:06 AM)
Just read the article on Kyle Andrews (I'm a little behind!). Interesting article. Is this a position of need? How hard will it be to fill?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:09:25 AM)
They have Drew Norman, who backed up Andrews the last year or 2. I think most believe he will do fine in the long snapping role.

cderekw (Apr 7, 2005 11:09:29 AM)
Steve, heard about any players who appear to have surprised the coaches with their play this spring?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:10:11 AM)
I think Marcel Frost has been a pleasant surprise. Also would say I've heard good things about Antonio Pittman accepting the challenge at tailback and also Alex Barrow as a young guy at end. He brings some athletic ability to the position.

osufan26 (Apr 7, 2005 11:10:46 AM)
Steve, Any news on the players we have already offered? Who might be next to get one?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:12:58 AM)
I know Duane is hearing rave reviews about Euclid LB Thaddeus Gibson. He is considering him very much for a spot in the top 5.

cderekw (Apr 7, 2005 11:16:19 AM)
Steve, show the prospect video on Nate Davis, has a strong arm and looks to pass first even though he appears to be able to run if need be. Is he on the same level as Hartline and Schlister and if not why?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:19:03 AM)
I have to be honest, I have not seen Hartline's tape in great detail yet. I think we either have it in-house or will have it soon and will post it. Schlichter, to me, may be the best runner of the 3. Hartline has the most "upside" as it pertains to what you want in a pocket passer with the frame and strong arm. Davis makes an array of throws and just kind of strikes you as a winner, more than anything. I think he needs to decide if he will pursue football or basketball and go for it. But I like what I saw of Davis quite a bit. Based on what I know and who I have talked to, I would rank them Hartline, Davis and Schlichter, but they are pretty close.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:19:07 AM)
Steve - Just Curious if you have heard if everyone is qualified, esp Lenix and Jamario???

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:19:47 AM)
This does bear watching ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:20:08 AM)
I did not have a test score for Amos (3.0 GPA) ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:20:47 AM)
On Lenix, I had a 3.4 and a 17 ACT, which if true makes him good. Again, some questions have arisen about admissions, though. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:21:02 AM)
On O'Neal, I had a 3.0 GPA and no test score ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:21:49 AM)
The rest are all good from what I know and many of them, like Anderson Russell and Laurinaitis are way above average.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:22:01 AM)
Amos, O'Neal and Lenix may be the three to watch.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:22:28 AM)
Steve - What is your reaction to what Coach Daniels had to say in regards to T. Smith Starting vs Texas

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:24:22 AM)
I heard from a colleague that he mentioned they could go 2 QB system. That's all I heard. In a sense, they can treat the Texas game like it starts the season for Troy Smith. Based on their evaluations, if they think he is the guy who gives them the best chance to win, then he should start the game. The Tressel way, though, has always been to stay the course. So I'd imagine that, provided they beat Miami and Zwick is reasonably sharp (that's rarely the case with any QB in an opener) then he gets the start, but Smith also plays.

bobby (Apr 7, 2005 11:24:29 AM)
who will replace coach snyder? what impact will this have on nc aspirations?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:26:57 AM)
He has not got the Marshall job yet, unless I missed a meeting. But if he does get it (and I wish him all the luck in that regard), then they could elevate Heacock perhaps to DC and bring in a new position coach for DL. Or keep Heacock with DL and bring somebody like Mel Tucker or Gary Blackney in to be DC. I am skeptical that Tucker will turn his back on the Cleveland Browns, in his hometown, in the NFL, to come back here. He is going in with Romeo Crennel, who probably has a 5-year deal. They have great job security, etc. and he is now in the NFL, where all coaches aspire to be.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:27:03 AM)
Steve - Besides the "Big 3" o-line offers, do you see us offfering Tilly, Browning or others sooner or later?? What is the status or % that the 3 still choose tOSU?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:28:40 AM)
Everybody under the sun seems to be in on Tilley, so we'll see. I think OSU will likely sign Boren and Connor Smith and they're in the hunt, certainly, on Aaron Brown. They only have so many scholarships they can allocate to OL, so they do have to be careful and not "over-offer." This staff always seems to have an eye on the big picture. I think it's great that Tilley now has 10-15 really good offers. If OSU eventually finds a spot for him, then that would be great as well.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 7, 2005 11:28:48 AM)
I read the article on Nate salley. In it he said "Spring is about coming in and...building relationships." Thats very wise. He seems mature beyond his years. Your comments.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:30:36 AM)
Oh, yes, no doubt. Nate Salley has been one of my favorite guys to talk to. In our March issue of the magazine, I wrote a neat story on him talking about his late-season injury and how he had never missed a game, and then he had to be on the sideline and watch as they lost to Purdue. That absolutely killed him, I could sense. Great kid, great leader. He has had 2 really good years and now the hope is he puts it all together. I think he is definitely in the running to be a captain, probably along with Hawk. Carpenter, Mangold and Sims and maybe even Holmes.

mulder (Apr 7, 2005 11:30:45 AM)
Steve, do you know anything more about the possiblitiy of additional basketball sanctions beyond the recent newspaper articles? Is any of this new?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:32:19 AM)
I did not read the paper, sorry. I have been so busy with our high school magazine and some site design issues (we promise this is coming) that I have not paid much attention. There were rumors that the basketball issue would be coming to an end soon. I don't know how they can punish them beyond the one year they have now served, unless it is to return some tournament money, declare some forfeits and maybe lose a scholarship for a year or two. My thought all along has been that ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:33:40 AM)
... the NCAA would wait and follow testimony in the two civil trials (Salvers v. Roslovics, O'Brien v. OSU) and then work its investigation off what was shared under oath in open court and also through depositions, etc. Why complete an investigation, then have any number of witnesses get on the stand in each trial and allege different things.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:33:45 AM)
Steve - How do the Red-shirt o-lineman look including Cordle? Who stands out to you? And which player do you see getting the most time in the Fall??

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:35:07 AM)
I heard Cordle has mixed right in like he's been there a year or two already. He is a great kid, great family, great head on his shoulders, no surprise there. As far as which RS OL will crack the two-deep or play in the fall, I have to reserve judgment until I see who is in there for the scrimmage and spring game. Some of those guys were sidelined the day we attended practice last week (none have been open this week).

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:35:18 AM)
Steve - I have heard and read nothing but positive things on Hoobler, Terry and Welch.. now my question is.. How do B. Smith, Lukens and Patterson look? How do you feel these 3 are progressing??

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:37:02 AM)
Salley really talked up Patterson. He may be the heir apparent there in a year or 2. He is a great athlete with above average intelligence as well. Lukens is just a good football player, hurt by injuries. Smith is getting the chance this spring to show what he can do. Again, I need to see the scrimmage to know which of these guys is truly in the mix. The scrimmage is when you can judge who is in the plans for this year and who is just simply on the team.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:37:09 AM)
Steve - What do you see as the biggest differnce between Matta and Obie in regards to recruiting and coaching style? Do you see improvement with next years team also?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:39:07 AM)
They were both quick as a wizard on the sideline with adjustments. O'Brien, with 20 years in, has more experience as an HC than Matta. But that three call and play against Illinois were top shelf. That's as good as it gets. Go back and watch that play: For 2 years, Tony Stockman has taken nearly every last shot. They used him as a decoy and ran him off a screen set by Syl and Dials. Then, with the defense cheating back on Tony, Syl stepped out and Dials turned and screened for him. It was so simple, yet so complex ... and it all looks so much better because Syl made the shot, of course ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:39:41 AM)
He has two wins over No. 1-ranked teams in his short HC career. Matta is gaining a reputation as one of the best X's and O's guys around. Now in terms of recruiting ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:41:16 AM)
I don't want to call O'Brien lazy. But he seemed worn down by all of the effort it took to recruit some of the high end athletes. They could win with the players they had, they just couldn't win real big. A lot of people did not like his "don't get used to this" comment when they went to the Final Four. At Ohio State, you should aspire to get there EVERY year. The school has been to nine of them, after all. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:42:13 AM)
Matta brings a brashness, a youthful enthusiasm that he is going to outwork everybody else to get the guys he wants to get to that Final Four. Mayes, Bell, Lewis and Cook are an incredible start, people. If he can add Lighty and Conley to that Cook class, look out.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:42:19 AM)
Steve - Has there been any rumblings at all about signing a BBall player in the Spring period here coming up? By my count, we have 2 open schollies ( I would love to add a JUCO Big man in the worst way!)

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:44:02 AM)
You are correct they have two open scholarships. The returns I keep hearing are "there's nobody out there." That is too bad because, I agree, they are again paper thin inside. Dials held up well this year, but there is always the fact he's missed parts of 3 of the last 5 years with injuries. I think they may also be holding one spot back in case the NCAA pulls a scholarship as part of its final sanctions.

Guest (Apr 7, 2005 11:44:10 AM)
steve what is the deal with roy hall? all the hype, yet inconsistent to this point. sometimes last season he would be on the field all game, and at others, he was mia. heard he looks good this spring.. maybe cut a little weight to boost his speed? your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:44:28 AM)
breehoo asks about Roy Hall ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:46:19 AM)
Roy is not a young player any more. He will be a fourth-year junior. So many great things were expected from him. He made 4-5 incredible catches last year, but just did not have that consistency they want to see. He got passed by by Ginn and Gonzalez. He's in the two-deep, but he would be the fourth receiver in at this point. He is still very important to their plans. He and Lyons are their only two big receivers that are healthy (poor Devin Jordan is in a walking boot).

BuckeyeDave (Apr 7, 2005 11:46:24 AM)
I'm hearing encouraging things about Aaron Brown.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:47:09 AM)
You hear all kinds of thing about Brown. There are new reports out of that camp on almost a daily basis. Dave Berk from our sister site JJHuddle.com has a video interview with him. I have not seen that, but may check it out.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:47:14 AM)
Steve - With the praise and talent of Dukes, is it possible that he can beat out Lyons and maybe Gonzo by the time Fall practice comes around??

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:49:05 AM)
My sources say Dukes has been a big hit this spring. Anything is possible, I guess. I'm not sure it matters who plays as long as somebody gets the job done. This is a great problem to have with 6 really good receivers (2 great ones, actually, with Holmes and Ginn). There is only one football. You hope they are able to integrate all of them. If you read in the fall that the QBs were able to spread the ball around to 8-10 receivers in a given game, that should be a good sign (factoring in the RBs and TEs).

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:49:11 AM)
Steve - What are your thoughts on the 2nd corner spot and who will win the job? Who will be out nickel back?? Maybe Ginn?? hmmm...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:50:30 AM)
They are really downplaying Ginn on defense. I will be interested in the scrimmage a week from Sunday to see if he plays any defense at all. I think he is offense all the way. Everett is probably the choice at corner, even though he is held back this spring with injuries. Nickel would then be Brandon Mitchell, who can really bring the wood. Tressel admits they may use Ginn a la early use of Gamble in the red zone, etc.

mulder (Apr 7, 2005 11:50:41 AM)
The comments from the coaching staff suggest to me that our offense is not going back in a hole, that we will see more spread offense with multiple wideouts? Do you get this sense?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:51:49 AM)
Yes, I do. They have too many weapons and are too under-proven (is that a word?) at tailback to put the toothpaste back in the tube. They need to get back to running the ball certainly (that's usually the only way to win some late-season Big Ten games). But scoring touchdowns is the name of the game.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:51:53 AM)
Steve - Is EJ done at osu?? What effect would his status be on Brandon?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:53:24 AM)
My sources say it would be hard for E.J. to make it back. Coach Tressel has indicated he is still in school and trying to get back on the team, though. Stay tuned. Brandon has just been injured (was in a sling at the bowl game and is sitting out spring practice). I can't imagine that E.J.'s status has anything to do with him. He has to do what's best for him. If he comes back strong, he could name the number of reps he gets at corner in a year or 2. This is the best place for him, clearly.

osufan26 (Apr 7, 2005 11:53:51 AM)
What are our chances of landing Mike Conley or Raymar Morgan. I really like Raymar's game but there have been questions as to what postion he could play.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:55:22 AM)
They have offered Conley, obviously. I think he still ends up at Wake Forest as Paul's successor. That seems to be what he has his heart set on. Prosser is doing a great job there, so you just tip your hat and go on. I give OSU a 30-40 percent chance on him. I think that's a two-horse race, from everything I've read. There is a Hot News item that he and Greg Oden (think NBA) are going to Wake on an official visit. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:56:32 AM)
Morgan has not been offered, I understand. He is a versatile athlete, a slasher. I really like him a lot. The tape of him from the state title game was very impressive. OSU (and others) may be waiting to see how his academics and spring/summer AAU/camp showings turn out. Kind of tweener between the three and four spot so we'll see.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 11:56:37 AM)
Steve - I know you probably havent heard much on this.. but what the news on Lavendar? Is he out in Sooner land? Has Matta contacted him? what about Alex Galindo from Kansas? Keep us posted...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:59:01 AM)
Just caught wind of the Lavender rumors today. With Foust gone from Oklahoma and Ronald Lewis coming to Ohio State ... and OSU under new management with Matta ... and OSU in need of a PG ... where there is smoke, there is sometimes fire. We will do our best to get on that one and see where things stand. Haven't heard anything about Galindo, but will check on that as well. Lavender would have 2 years left after sitting out a transfer year. One dynamic on that is Matta and Sampson are good acquaintances from coaching circles. Matta may go hands-off and tell Lavender to stay at OU ... or Sampson may give Lavender his complete blessing to COME HOME and play for his friend. We

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 11:59:12 AM)
We've seen these deals go both ways. Stay tuned.

osufan26 (Apr 7, 2005 11:59:46 AM)
How many receivers do we take in this years class? I really want Wes Lyons and then maybe Jones, Parris or Pacley from Ohio.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:01:57 PM)
That is interesting. With Holmes up in the air about 2006, they may need to overindulge here.Ray Small, from what Duane says, could be a Ginn type, although most like him at CB. I like Parris and Pascley, too. My feeling is they will take at least 2 WRs and maybe 3 if they get the vibe that Holmes is out.

marksgforce (Apr 7, 2005 12:02:04 PM)
I can't remember ever having three really good quarterbacks at OSU. Youboty makes it sound like Boekman is right up there with Smith and Zwick. I think Smith is the man, but if he gets injured in week 4 or 5, who is next in the game? Zwick or Boekman?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:02:43 PM)
Not even when they had Frey, Herbstreit and Pickens? ... ha ha. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:04:35 PM)
Zwick because of experience, obviously. But they would not hesitate to throw Todd into the fire, either. I want to see how Todd fares in the scrimmage and spring game. He has such a tremendous upside (son of a coach, knows the game, great frame, good touch on his ball, athletic for his size, etc.), I get excited thinking about what he can do. He may be a more athletic John Navarre, and that's kind of scary (other than the 1-2 record against his team's main rival).

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 12:05:06 PM)
Steve - What impact will Worthington, Wilson and Williams have this Fall? Will they be given a chance for PT? Who would you red-shirt of this group? I have my nickname for them too.. with last names starting all with "W", how about WWW.sack.com (im logged on!)

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:06:35 PM)
Could be a huge boon, especially if Kudla or Richardson get dinged up. I'd look for immediate help (possibly) from Worthington and Wilson as speed guys. Williams is probably a RS.

fin (Apr 7, 2005 12:07:35 PM)
I think everyone is underestimating Zwick. When he got hurt and the offense was struggling we needed an athlete to play quarterback, which is what Troy Smith did very well. Now with all of the weapons at his disposal, I think you will see a different quarterback.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:07:54 PM)
one second, please

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:10:45 PM)
sorry, back now ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:12:36 PM)
Good point on Zwick. Joe Daniels, I understand, made that very point that Troy had the benefit of working with guys who had matured. Then, Zwick also had that benefit with good to great line and receiver play (and even 99 yards from Lydell Ross) in the bowl game. I think early in the season, Zwick was in a tough situation and took the brunt of the criticism for it. But their running game at that point was beyond atrocious.

redondo (Apr 7, 2005 12:12:41 PM)
Hi Steve - what about split QB duties in the Miami game with Zwick & Boeckman, with Boeckman seeing some "live fire" in the first half and not just mop up duty in the 4th quarter?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:13:24 PM)
A good premise, certainly. If they can get up 2 touches on Miami, I think you'd see Boeckman for a series or two, and certainly if they're up 17 or more at any point in the fourth quarter.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:13:32 PM)
Have to win the game first, though,

redondo (Apr 7, 2005 12:13:37 PM)
Hi Steve - Any chance that Coach Conley returns to Bucknuts for the '05 season? If so, would it be the same role as this past year? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:15:34 PM)
We're looking at that. Coach Conley brought so much value to the Bucknuts Media Network in terms of the Chats, columns and even appearances on the radio show. He really meant a lot for us over the last 8-10 months. I imagine if he is still here in Cols. and doing what he is doing with MAX Sports, then I imagine he'll still be working with us. That has been a win-win relationship for all concerned, I believe. That is my inclination. I'm sure we'll know more by July on that.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:17:02 PM)
Anything else today?

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 12:17:50 PM)
im asked out...good to join you today Steve (I dont make too many chat's)

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:18:38 PM)
Glad you could be here. I usually do these during the day. I think daytime is when we have the most traffic. We should probably schedule some prime time Chats, too, maybe in the 9 p.m. hour at some point.

YTown11 (Apr 7, 2005 12:18:41 PM)
Keep us posted on the hoops transfer and recruiting situation..Thanks again

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:18:54 PM)
Will do, setting out now to see what we can find out.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 7, 2005 12:18:57 PM)
Thanks Steve!

SteveHelwagen (Apr 7, 2005 12:19:15 PM)
Headed to the Frozen Four, should be a great scene at the Schott.

ToledoNut (Apr 7, 2005 12:19:19 PM)
Yes thanks...

Here are excerpts from Kyle Lamb's Chat on Wednesday:

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:09:06 PM)
Has OSU offered Harangody?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:09:10 PM)
yes

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:11:58 PM)
Dave Telep described him as being good within a 5ft radius of the basket. Doesn't sound like PF skills. Have you seen him play either live or on video?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:12:40 PM)
I've not seen him in person yet, but i've seen a short video of him and had three or four people tell me about him...

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:13:03 PM)
I think he excels near the basket, but he does have the ability to step outside and hit a shot (ala Mike Wilkinson as he compares himself to)

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:13:13 PM)
I would say from what i've heard, the Wilkinson comparison he made is a good one

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:14:07 PM)
I continue to hear the staff really loves Harangody a lot, though

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:15:43 PM)
What have you heard concerning the progress of Terwilliger?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:17:13 PM)
Very good things

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:17:23 PM)
He had a great final month of the season in practice

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:17:30 PM)
he came along as the staff was hoping he would

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:17:47 PM)
I think Terwilliger will be a fine player

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:17:49 PM)
i wish he could have gotten the redshirt, especially with how sparringly he was used towards the end of the year

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:18:19 PM)
I agree with that wholeheartedly. For the amount of games he ended up appearing in, he would have been much better served to redshirt

xmas (Apr 6, 2005 2:19:53 PM)
holic, sup man? did the staff misjudge mt for this year - i thought he'd get minutes by default this season at worst - earn some more at best - what do you think happened - did matta and crew blow a year on mt's behalf?

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:19:57 PM)
so whats the latest juicy rumors out there

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:20:43 PM)
I think it was partially a case of expecting Matt to be a little more ready around mid-season, and partially they honestly just liked the way Marinchick was playing

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:21:09 PM)
I think in hindsight, it would have been best to redshirt Terwilliger, but the last month he simply didnt get the minutes because they wanted to stick with MM

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:21:36 PM)
lol, well there's lots of juicy rumors all the time... although most it's not very smart to repeat

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:22:11 PM)
Have you heard any info about Lighty's health following his surgery?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:22:18 PM)
I will tell you this, however... things are looking promising right now for OHio State's 2006 recruiting class

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:22:31 PM)
its just your closest friends in chat, nothing to worry about here

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:22:37 PM)
Too early to say so far ToMac... he's not yet rehabbing until next week

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:22:58 PM)
Well, i'll say this...

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:23:11 PM)
I've heard Lighty could be committing somewhere within the next 4 weeks

xmas (Apr 6, 2005 2:23:17 PM)
did lighty tear a ligament? and any chance he would take fball schollie somewhere

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:23:45 PM)
football is pretty much out. No real chance of that. He tore his ACL... but it was successfully repaired

xmas (Apr 6, 2005 2:24:35 PM)
pg or jc for this coming season or no

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:25:00 PM)
looks like no. They have looked at several JUCOs, but to no avail

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:25:03 PM)
just a candid question, keep in mind i have never seen him play, is mike conley overrated? I just ask, because he doesnt score a ton of points, he doesnt really seem to rack up assists at an alarming rate, i know part of the scoring is because of oden, but what does he shoot percentage wise, and would we be better off if we grabbed the kid for louisiana, or one of the other top notch point guards?

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:26:33 PM)
i watched the DQcook videos the other day, and to be honest the person that i thought he resemled, was romain sato with a little better jump shot.

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:27:02 PM)
I honestly don't think he's overrated...

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:27:24 PM)
do you think we will see some video on him anytime soon?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:27:28 PM)
The kid is really smart, he's a great passer, and he's really quick. He's got a tremendous basketball IQ. His shot can use some work, but the kid can score when he needs to

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:27:57 PM)
I will talk to the network about that... about the video. I hope you all get to see some

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:28:02 PM)
Which of the top players we are recruiting( Conley, Oden, Lighty, Chichester, etc..) will be the first to commit(to us or otherwise)?

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:28:04 PM)
very good to hear, like most on the boards, i have not seen him play, and he isnt exactly a stat sheet guy

RocketRod1 (Apr 6, 2005 2:28:04 PM)
Does JJW have a reasonable chance to develop the 4 man skills that Matta's offense requires or do you think that his best option is to look to go elsewhere?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:28:40 PM)
obie, Lighty seems to be the next one likely to commit somewhere

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:28:51 PM)
i heard JJW might transfer, any substance to that rumor?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:29:12 PM)
As far as JJW, he is probably a man that's going to be lost in the shuffle. He will have a hard time finding PT unless he really improves his shot this summer

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:29:21 PM)
There could be some substance, yes

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:30:07 PM)
any news on the coaching staff, i think coach matta has put together a great all around staff, and would hate to lose any of them,

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:30:41 PM)
I think the staff is a terrific one. I think you need to enjoy them while they last, especially John Groce. I think he is going to be a big time target of several head coaching jobs real soon

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:31:37 PM)
Have you seen Jon Diebler play? If so, what do you think of him?

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:31:39 PM)
i agree, i thought the game prep and X's and O's were great this year, I thought that was OBIE's strong suit, and that we would not be as good in that area this year, but i was very impressed with coach matta and the staff during games

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:31:56 PM)
What starter from this years team is most likely to be relegated to coming off the bench next year, if any?( aside from the possibility of Sylk over Ivan)

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:32:19 PM)
jeykel foster

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:32:45 PM)
I've seen Jon Diebler several times... and after seeing him in the state final four and championship, i'm now convinced the kid will be one of the top players in the country by his senior year. I love the kid. I think it would be an absolute steal if Valpo hangs on to him

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:33:13 PM)
is diebler a soph?

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:33:33 PM)
I agree wholeheartedly.

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:33:54 PM)
I don't always agree with Matta's substitution patterns and certain in-game strategies... I also think his out-of-bounds offense needs work in set situations (like towards the end of halves), but for the most part, I was impressed

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:34:33 PM)
Yes, Diebler is a sophomore. I think Foster will definitely not start now with Mayes and Lewis coming in, but he will still find time

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:34:48 PM)
Harris is the guy that will need to shape up or ship out

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:34:49 PM)
his end of half plays is what killed me, he would call a timeout, and then they would get in a 1-4 set, and BFC would jack some crazy shot, wasnt impressed there,

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:35:02 PM)
With Brayden Bell coming in, Harris will have to start doing the things they expect of him

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:35:33 PM)
That was my beef as well. Too many times BFC was taking it upon himself to force a shot that ultimately was not even close

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:35:57 PM)
i do miss obies out of bounds plays

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:36:24 PM)
O'Brien, in my opinion, was the best in the country in set plays

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:36:56 PM)
Do you think we'll get back to the uptempo style of play we started the season with?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:37:40 PM)
Absolutely do. The only reason they got away from it is because some guys started to lose their legs a little bit, and the shots stopped falling

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:37:52 PM)
no depth

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:38:05 PM)
no quality depth i should say

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:38:37 PM)
I suspect that Matta had to spend most of his practice time on basics this year and that next year will be better in some of the details and special situations.

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:38:43 PM)
that should change a little next year

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:38:52 PM)
Well, in sheer numbers, the coaching staff had the number of players they wanted in the rotation... now, I guess you could argue they would prefer a few position upgrades

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:39:43 PM)
When the 2006 class is wrapped up, how many ships do we give out, not neccesarily to whom(unless you're willing to go out on that limb). Do we use them all?

BRAD_C (Apr 6, 2005 2:39:52 PM)
he couldnt play BFC more than a few minutes, same way with SYL at the beginning of the year, no sub for dials, and foster for the first half of the year was the only capable sub off the bench, it wore everyone out i think

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:40:12 PM)
I think there will be five of six used (assuming that 6th isnt used this signing period-- which I don't think it will be)

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:41:16 PM)
I'm not ready to go out on a limb to say who I think will be in this class... but I will say I do not think it's a pipe dream to think about Conley, Cook, Lighty, Morgan or Harangody, and Oden... still not something i'd encourage everyone to expect, but it's not just a pipe dream

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:42:36 PM)
Who has the best incoming class in the Big Ten for next year? I know no one got great classes.

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:43:18 PM)
Probably Ohio State or Michigan. Wisconsin has a solid class as well. You're right though, there's really not an extraordinary amount of talent coming in

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:44:46 PM)
Is there anything out there about who we'll play in the Big Ten/ACC challenge?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:45:32 PM)
not yet... but purely my own speculation... I am kind of expecting Maryland, Miami (Fla.) or Va Tech

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:45:45 PM)
Maryland is what i'm looking at right now

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:46:20 PM)
Who are the other center possibilies for 2006 other than Oden?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:46:44 PM)
I kind of see Illinois against Duke, Michigan State against Wake, Wisconsin against North Carolina, Minnesota against Miami, Indiana against Georgia Tech, Ohio State against Maryland

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:47:06 PM)
I put something up about the McD's league on the board. I know it's not an accurate gauge, but are you looking for anything in particular? Is there any word on who will be on what team?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:47:23 PM)
ToMac... that's the one position i'm struggling to find other realistic possibilities at so far

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:48:13 PM)
I don't yet know about the McD's league... but i've heard they want Lewis and Mayes on the same team

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:49:02 PM)
Are there going to be any local AAU tournaments, where we can check some players out?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:49:22 PM)
Yes.....

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:49:48 PM)
This weekend (i'm going to have a story up probably tomorrow), there will be a tourney in Solon and there will be one here in Columbus over at the Hoop involving All-Ohio Red...

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:50:11 PM)
the Solon Tourney will have the Titans (Lauderdale and David Jackson) as well as King James (Morgan and Ricky Jackson)

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:50:30 PM)
All-Ohio Red has James Dews, Jon Diebler, and Josh Chichester... but i'm waiting to get word on who else will be down here in Columbus this weekend

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:50:51 PM)
coming up in May there will be some other tourneys here in Columbus that ill report on as they come up

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:51:20 PM)
Do you think Bill Walker will go to college? I read in the SLAM magazine that him and OJ want to go pro together?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:51:40 PM)
If you want to see the best basketball, I really encourage everyone to go over to Spiece in Ft. Wayne on the 29th through May 1st.... it's without question the BEST opportunity for OSU fans to see everyone

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:52:06 PM)
Neither one will go to college in my opinion, unless of course this NBA rule gets passed (and I truly believe it will)

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:53:42 PM)
Any other pressing questions?

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:53:44 PM)
Any word on what Thad thought of his first season in Columbus? The people, administration, and alumni?

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:54:15 PM)
Charles Barkley was speaking in favor of the age limit for the NBA on a late night talk show last night.

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:54:37 PM)
I think the end of the season really summed it all up for Thad. He probably had some reservations about the atmosphere, about the support, etc... but I think that Illinois game really kind of solidified his belief this program can be a big time college basketball force

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:58:15 PM)
any other questions?

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 2:58:31 PM)
Do you think Aaron Pogue is more likely to come here now that Daequan is a Buckeye?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 2:59:19 PM)
It helps. I have an interview coming with Aaron later today, if he calls me back as Coach Powell is supposed to have him do

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 2:59:52 PM)
Does the Speise tourney ha e

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 3:00:19 PM)
Yes ToMac?

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 3:00:50 PM)
Does the Speice tourney have different age levels?

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 3:00:55 PM)
yes

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 3:01:03 PM)
17-under, 16-under, and 15-under

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 3:01:23 PM)
There's about 150 teams total

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 3:03:31 PM)
okay folks, well that's all the time I have. I need to be getting back to work. Thanks for the few and the proud that stopped by this afternoon.

ToMac (Apr 6, 2005 3:03:39 PM)
Thanks for the chat, Kyle. Very enjoyable.

buckobie (Apr 6, 2005 3:03:46 PM)
Thanks Kyle!

Kyle S. Lamb (Apr 6, 2005 3:03:52 PM)
take care everyone!

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