I just looked through the questions and was amazed how many I had to delete because they were more than 50 words. Please adhere to the policy, please. I put it in place so folks didn’t have to read a novella before getting to an answer.
Now, here is the second set:
After seeing Morrell Presley on campus, he does not look the part of a tight end as much as a receiver. Is he projected as a tight end because his frame will allow him to put on more weight or is it just his ability to block?
He does not look like a tight end. He is muscular but lean, with much better speed than a tight end. He needs to put more weight on him, and his frame will allow that to happen. But his size should make for matchup problems with opposing teams, and I think he can get down the field.
How about some information about who Rick is considering for the graduate assistant positions or if he’s finalized it, who are they?
I have not heard anything yet. A while back Robert Kibble told me he wanted to get into it, but I asked Neuheisel and he said he didn’t think that was going to happen because Kibble never mentioned it.
I know you reported UCLA seeming to at various times to go back and forth with Renaldo Sydney. Do you think this years teams and next years prospects had anything to do with Howland not wanting another one and done next year?
No, I don’t think it had anything to do with the players at UCLA, or the players coming to UCLA. When it was all said and done, I heard it came down to the people around Sidney, and how much risk/drama there could be.
Curious, why walk on if offered somewhere else? Do walks on get special consideration on admission (e.g., Franco), tutoring and a guaranteed spot on the team/practice squad?
Some do. Plus, a guy like Franco can get a UCLA education if he walks on, as opposed to a lesser degree from another school. And there is always the possibility a kid can earn a scholarship.
Early year question: “Jrue Holiday: extremely skilled, poised, and team-oriented. However, not a freaky athlete and not a great shooter. No lock to be a one-and-done.” Your answer: “Way, way, way off. The kid can play.” Care to revise at all? Sounds like it was an accurate assessment.
No, not at all. The kid is unbelievably talented, and I keep hearing scouts talk about him being a lottery pick. The thing to remember is Holiday is playing out of position. He’s a point guard, and his skills are in his ability to create for others.
What happened for 24 hours to make everyone all aflutter about Sidney going to UCLA, and then what changed? Did he tell people that he had decided on UCLA, and then someone checked with Howland and he was all, “nah”? I can’t believe whatever issues exist surfaced just like that.
It was a very fluid issue with different thoughts coming from a bunch of directions. At the end of the day, the decision was made that the risk of bringing in Sidney outweighed the reward. I do not think UCLA handled it well, but sometimes that happens.
If Holiday leaves, what kind of minutes do you think Abdul-Hamid might see next year, if any, without injuries playing a major factor?
At best, I think he could play five to seven minutes a game.
The sentiment among many Bruin fans is that players score a lot less at UCLA than they would in other coaches’ systems, but they might leave better prepared to play at a high level than if they’d played for a run’n'gun team. Do you think this thinking is valid?
I think it is valid. I am not comparing Ben Howland to Dean Smith, but the same was said about Smith. Who’s the only guy to hold Michael Jordan under 20 points? Dean Smith. But the team concept that is preached, and the attention to detail, make the players better at the next level. Looks how many UNC guys had great NBA careers compared to the Duke players.