I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s Q&A, and got what they hoped for out of it. Here is the 16th and final set of answers:
Chad Ford of ESPN.com wrote that Holiday is gone because he doesn’t like CBH and his style of coaching. Have you heard the same?
There are rumblings like that, but all kids say that because they are not thrilled with Howland’s emphasis on defense. But I’ll say this – if Holiday finds out he is projected as a mid- to late- first round pick, he’ll be back regardless of whether or not he likes playing for Howland, that’s why I don’t pay attention when people make blanket statements about a situation.
There’s been a lot of speculation that Holiday does not get along with Howland. In light of this, and with Gordon openly criticizing Howland’s coaching style, is there a rift between the players and coach Howland? Is it only with some players or all?
When did he openly criticize Howland’s coaching style? He said the team would play differently next season, but that was based on personnel. Maybe I missed something.
Is Arron Afflalo really the good guy that he appears to be? Even now that he is in the NBA, I continue to be impressed by his humility and the way he carries himself.
I don’t want to offend anyone else I covered, but in 18 years of doing this job, I have not found someone better to deal with, more accountable and humble. I found him to be a great kid (now man) all around, and I don’t throw praise out like that very often.
I’ll be the first to get in line and say UCLA played horribly last Saturday…but nevertheless, is Villanova actually a lot better than anyone thought?
Define “anyone.” They are tough matchups for any team they play, they are physical and they have experience. Oh, and let’s not forget talent. They were the fourth best team in the Big East, which makes them the best team in any other conference this season.
Why do North Carolina players return to finish their careers with Roy Williams and why do UCLA players always seem to jump at the first NBA chance presented?
In my opinion, it’s because Williams lets his players run up and down the court and defense isn’t the end-all, be-all, so it is a lot of fun for the kids. Also, UNC kids are in L.A., so agents aren’t always hanging around the players and families to tell them they need to leave now.
Should UCLA fans be concerned that Howland may have captured lightning in a bottle with his first few recruiting classes getting guys who fit his style perfectly and that we may not get back to that level?
I wouldn’t be. He has been successful recruiting good players where ever he coached. The concern, to me, is what can he do to keep more kids around for an extra year so they have more experience and depth in the future.
Do you think Duke’s days of attracting good athletes and making deep tournament runs is over? (Seems like North Carolina stole that aura away…)
It has been over for a few years, and I don’t think it has as much to do with UNC as it does with Duke rarely sending a player to the NBA who then becomes a star.
If I remember correctly, Howland never seems to get the 7-foot high-jumping, shot-blocker types. Is it because they aren’t physical enough, or is he unsuccessful in recruiting them?
First of all, there aren’t that many of those players out there. Second, I think it is too general to lump every one of those players into the same group. To be honest, give me a few 7-footers so we can tackle this thing better. Other than the Lopez twins, who were always going to Stanford, I cannot think of any other 7-footers in the Pac-10 the last few seasons.