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No because Devearl Ramsey was known in high school and for US Team during FIBA games as a terror on defense.RFDTITAN wrote: GauchoFreg, at first it sounds like a fair point about King. But not really close to the same as for Ramsey. King was the best player at Brown his sophomore season, and then had to sit out a year before playing at Nevada which was loaded at his position with Oliver and Caroline. So it makes sense King didn't get many minutes at Nevada.
Ramsey will now be trying to dust off the rust after sitting out a year (like King at Nevada, but not at UCSB). And Ramsey played little at Nevada despite not being shelved the year before and despite Nevada not exactly being loaded at his position.
Besides, what exactly are the indications Ramsey will be a good defender (when he could not get playing time at Nevada)? Because he is "quick"? I'm guessing he is also closer to a diminutive 5'10" (his listed height at Nevada), than to the 6'0" UCSB lists.
Losing King's production is big but I have no doubt we can produce enough points from Heidegger and gang.ECGaucho wrote: Yes, Leland King, a grad transfer, came with more history of D1 production with his stats at Brown.
OTOH, King was not highly recruited out of high school. Ramsey had offers from high majors like USC, Texas, Cal, Washington, and NC State before he committed to Nevada. At the time, that looked like a surprise, but Nevada, now of days, doesn't quite look like a bad program to get sloppy seconds from.
The reason Gaucho fans are expecting a big impact from Ramsey is specifically because he addresses a major weakness of last year's squad. Speed and defense. Small, quick guards gave the Gauchos fits last year because our experienced veteran guards of Vincent and Jackson were slowed down by injuries. Ramsey is one of those short and speedy guards.
Our defense will also be improved on the interior. King gave us great production, but he struggled to defend quality 4s. Canty also really struggled against quicker bigs. Sow and Idehen will be a big upgrade defensively.
We've lost quite a bit in terms of point production, but I'm not worried about where the points will come from with this group. Perhaps it will take some time for the team to gel. Freg has done a good job of being a prudent homer, but quite frankly, I'll be disappointed if this Gaucho team finishes second.
You mean Awosika, right?RFDTITAN wrote: "Ramsey should put a lid on the quicker guards......"
Ramsey may be quick and ferocious. But he is 5 inches shorter than Awisoka lol.
Most will be surprised by the talent of our frontcourt. Sow, Idehen, and Davis will be all-BW in some fashion at some point. They may end up being the best frontcourt in the BW. I haven't said that since Big Al's freshman season (and it probably wasn't true then). Serna and Nunnally started with Somogyi and Big Al as backups.Sparky wrote:I would agree that UCSB has the most potential of any team to surprise to the upside. Their recruiting is first rate, especially in the backcourt. I wouldn't pick them to win the BW though, because other squads (Fullerton and UCI) are more seasoned teams that are talented and have significant time playing together. Additionally, I think there are real question marks in the frontcourt for the Gauchos.dakyne62 wrote: I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that UCSB will surprise on the upside again. Just like they did last season. Pasternack is proving to be a decent game day coach, but his ability to recruit highly ranked players AND motivating them to play team ball is underrated. They jumped from 6th in preseason polls all the way to finish 2nd.
Pundits will pick them 4th due to graduation losses, but their replacements are more talented and have fewer holes on defense.
And yes, the Gauchos have a plethora of perimeter shooters and scoring options, but the #1 reason I believe we'll outperform expectations is because we finally have a super quick point guard who can penetrate and defend other quick point guards. His weakest skill set is his perimeter shooting, but even that component isn't bad. He will be able to neutralize opponent guards on both ends of the court, which is a luxury the Gauchos haven't had in quite a while, including last season.
The Gauchos historically have had superb wings (including last season), and serviceable post players, with the exception of Big Al who was exceptional. But their weakness has been having small, pass-first point guards who were vulnerable on defense against quicker guards from LB, CSF, UCI, UCD, UH, and even CSUN and SLO. Hell, we struggled against pretty much every team throughout the years with other teams' point guards. It goes beyond Casper Ware, who epitomized someone who we couldn't handle. That trend ends with Ramsey, and is the reason why I'm bullish on the Gauchos. That and the fact that we've surrounded him with other former 4-star and 3-star recruits, and now it's a question of Pasternack getting them to pass the ball around and locking down on defense. He's shown that ability so far. He doesn't put up with the "star" mentality, and that will be crucial because he's accumulated solid offensive talent.