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  1. #201
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBlue View Post
    In the ESPN article, the write-up states "Jackson can play on and off the ball, shoot along the perimeter and pass the ball well for coach Kara Lawson's open-floor style of play."

    I had not seen the term "open-floor style of play" to describe Duke's squad last year. I'm not sure there was any coherent coaching style since the roster was always changing and it seemed undisciplined and inconsistent at best. Has Lawson eluded to anything like this or is it perhaps an observation with Duke or with Kara's international coaching?
    Personally, I think "open-floor style" is an apt descriptor. Kara has made a conscious effort to play on offense as fast as possible and to spread the floor with lots of movement. She has explicitly said that one reason for the different lineups is that she wants her players to be free to go all-out while on the floor. She wants defense to lead directly to offense as much as possible. Last year Duke definitely had execution issues, both on the break and in the half court, and therefore had limited success with that approach. I'm not sure if that makes the play "undisciplined", but it certainly was inconsistent, and Kara has said that she's very aware of that inconsistency and is trying to address it. I'm hopeful some of the new personnel will help with that, beginning with an entirely new front court that appears able to catch the ball in traffic and act with court awareness and a sense of purpose once they have it.

  2. #202
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    Sigh. I've said it before but I guess it bears repeating. We were ranked #14, had beaten Iowa and Notre Dame (and came within 9 points of South Carolina), when our best player was injured in the 3rd game of the conference schedule. Our top 5 players had never played a single game with any of the others before becoming teammates at Duke.

    For pete's sake.
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  3. #203
    Quote Originally Posted by dudog84 View Post
    Sigh. I've said it before but I guess it bears repeating. We were ranked #14, had beaten Iowa and Notre Dame (and came within 9 points of South Carolina), when our best player was injured in the 3rd game of the conference schedule. Our top 5 players had never played a single game with any of the others before becoming teammates at Duke.

    For pete's sake.
    I agree. I wish people weren't so negative about everything.

    Celeste Taylor's injury, combined with some covid absences, really took our season off the rails last year. This year, there's a legit chance that reigning ACC freshman of the year Shayeann Day-Wilson is our 4th-best player. We may not be able to favorably compete with the likes of South Carolina, Stanford, or UConn, but we have a very real chance of climbing into the top 25, maybe even top 15, if our new bigs pan out. To me, that's progress.

  4. #204
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    Just my perspective of course, but given the circumstances, the outcome of the last half of the season were below expectations. Duke was 11-2 after beating Syracuse, where Taylor was injured. After that they were 6-11, with some really ugly losses. I'm not discounting the fact that it was Lawson's first full season as a head coach. To me, there were many coachable moments that seemed to slip by. I've detailed them in previous posts. We can agree to disagree and enjoy the upcoming new season as it unfolds.

  5. #205
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBlue View Post
    Just my perspective of course, but given the circumstances, the outcome of the last half of the season were below expectations. Duke was 11-2 after beating Syracuse, where Taylor was injured. After that they were 6-11, with some really ugly losses. I'm not discounting the fact that it was Lawson's first full season as a head coach. To me, there were many coachable moments that seemed to slip by. I've detailed them in previous posts. We can agree to disagree and enjoy the upcoming new season as it unfolds.
    YEAH! They lost their best player! Shy lost her only reliable backcourt partner. I loved Miela but she was inconsistent last year and Vanessa was another point guard (averaged 4 points). The frontcourt had already graduated in their minds and moved on to their post-basketball careers.

    For pete's sake!
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  6. #206
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudog84 View Post
    YEAH! They lost their best player! Shy lost her only reliable backcourt partner. I loved Miela but she was inconsistent last year and Vanessa was another point guard (averaged 4 points). The frontcourt had already graduated in their minds and moved on to their post-basketball careers.

    For pete's sake!
    So your insisting that we all have to agree with you?

  7. #207
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBlue View Post
    So your insisting that we all have to agree with you?
    I don't think it's unreasonable, on a Duke Basketball fan board, to expect "fans" to deal in facts.
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  8. #208
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudog84 View Post
    I don't think it's unreasonable, on a Duke Basketball fan board, to expect "fans" to deal in facts.
    We've each laid out facts, but have reached different conclusions. Let's just leave it at that.

  9. #209
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    Yes!!! Delaney Thomas, 6-2 forward out of D.C. (ranked #29 (#4 forward) by espn) has committed to Duke.

    Way to go Kara and team!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/SCNext/st...27271262547969
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  10. #210
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudog84 View Post
    Yes!!! Delaney Thomas, 6-2 forward out of D.C. (ranked #29 (#4 forward) by espn) has committed to Duke.

    Way to go Kara and team!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/SCNext/st...27271262547969
    Thanks for posting this. Great news.

    Welcome to Duke Delaney!
    Last edited by chrishoke; 11-04-2022 at 05:16 PM.
    "This is the best of all possible worlds."
    Dr. Pangloss - Candide

  11. #211
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    A little more on Delaney. On the U16 national team she averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds. Between that and the D.C. circuit, she's faced a lot of top-tier competition. She averaged 17.6/7.5 in 26 minutes as a junior.
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  12. #212
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrishoke View Post
    Thanks for posting this. Great news.

    Welcome to Duke Felaney!
    Edit!
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  13. #213
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    I was looking for something else and stumbled upon this espn article from the summer, where they have a comment on our previous commit:

    Jadyn Donovan, Best Jumper/Leaper

    Donovan can fly, and that might not do her superb physical ability justice. There is a photo from December's Capital Invitational in which she essentially recreates the Jumpman pose. There's a viral video of her attempting a breakaway dunk at the Atlantic City Showcase from this past May. The 6-foot Donovan can catch lobs in the back of a zone or have a LeBron James-esque chase-down block. Donovan is a leaper in a category of her own.
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...e-superlatives

    When's the last time we had sumthin' like that?!?
    Past is gone, thou canst not that recall; Future is not, may not be at all;
    Present is, [so] improve the flying hour; Present only is within thy power. - Friar Park Clock Tower [author unknown]

  14. #214
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudog84 View Post
    I was looking for something else and stumbled upon this espn article from the summer, where they have a comment on our previous commit:

    Jadyn Donovan, Best Jumper/Leaper



    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...e-superlatives

    When's the last time we had sumthin' like that?!?
    EWill. A lot of her blocks came because opposing players didnít realize how great her leaping ability was. I also saw her on a breakaway in a regular season game clearly contemplating a dunk. I confirmed with her after the game that the reason she didnít attempt it was just to avoid the coachís ire if something went wrong.
       

  15. #215
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    Our lone exhibition game is today at one pm. No streaming option.
    "This is the best of all possible worlds."
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  16. #216
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    Starters are:

    Volker
    Oliver
    Brown
    Taylor
    Corosdale
       

  17. #217
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    Not a fan of the scoreboard changes. The score is much less prominent.
       

  18. #218
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    Entire lineup swaps leading to a lineup of:
    Jackson
    Day-Wilson
    Heidi
    Richardson
    Balogun

    We seem committed to interchangeability.
       

  19. #219
    Quote Originally Posted by Phredd3 View Post
    Entire lineup swaps leading to a lineup of:
    Jackson
    Day-Wilson
    Heidi
    Richardson
    Balogun

    We seem committed to interchangeability.
    D is disruptive. Need shooters though
       

  20. #220
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukelifer View Post
    D is disruptive. Need shooters though
    Agreed. De Jesus just hit a nice one. Jackson with some freshman shooting jitters.
       

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