Hoops Talk
April 11th, 2016

We now know who is leaving and who is staying. The staying is easy. Only Mike Thomas. But frankly, his commitment to the program demonstrates his character and why of all the folks saying good-bye, he is the best student-athlete of the bunch in my opinion. Mike has made great strides on the court and will be the heart of next season's team. Thanks for staying

Now onto the guys who have decided to leave. First Jankovic. I have no problem with his decision. He will graduate and he has a real solid chance of making good money in Europe ( no he is not ready for the NBA). European basketball love the big man who can shoot, and he fits that bill.

In my mind, his leaving has little to nothing to do with next season's sanctions. I think he would have been gone in any event. As the Big West player of the year, he has nothing left to prove.

Aaron's decision to leave is a little more problematic. He says he is going " pro", but where? In my mind he is not top-level European material, although he could play pro ball in a lower classification league in Europe or in Asia. He can and will make a decent living, but look what he could have accomplished had he stayed. He would have had a solid chance to be an all-league player and show some consistency in his play. Yes, he had some great games this season, but he also struggled against some of the better three men in the league. If he does graduate this spring or summer I understand the decision, but without a degree, I don't.

Then there is Jovanovic. Are you kidding me? A mediocre player who has limited skills other than his height decides to leave because the Bows may be ineligible for post-season and where does he go, to a sub-500 Loyola of Marymount team that has about as much chance to go to post-season as I do. Yes he has impr0ved each year, but he is still a role player who struggles to score and rebound. At least at UH next season, he might have had a chance to fight for a starting position.

And then there is Filipovich who apparently has decided to give up basketball and seek his degree closer to home. Must be something more there, but good luck Niko. Hope you get that degree.

So the team has three returning players. the afore-mentioned Thomas, Drammeh, and red-shirt Auburn transfer Jack Purchase. Drammeh showed he can be a productive player and with more playing time, hopefully will develop some offense to go with his defense. Purchase is a 6'9 Australian who will get a real chance to start. Two guards have committed to the program, but lets face it, the coaches have an enormous recruiting challenge ahead of them. But if I was a an incoming Freshman who wanted playing time at program headed by a great coach, with fans who adore their team, a 10,000 seat arena, and a chance to win my Conference every year, even with one year " off", UH would be my first choice.  Your thoughts?

Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents. The views expressed here are his and do not reflect those of the board.

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April 4th, 2016

Kris Jenkins with a shot for the ages. A three with no time on the clock when the ball goes thru the hoop. What a game. Only the wrong team won ( I know, don't be  bad loser). After the two junk semi final games, this is one no one will forget. good nite

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April 4th, 2016

Villanova has made 4 free throws in the last few seconds. Carolina has 13 seconds to make a three to tie. did someone say the game was coming down to the last possession. ITS GOOD. we are tied with 5 seconds to play

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April 4th, 2016

Carolina has cut the 10 point lead to 1 with 1 minute to play. Villanova ball

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April 4th, 2016

Yep

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April 4th, 2016

Down ten with 5 to play, its crunch time for the Heels. You can feel it slipping away. Villanova is has some foul trouble but Carolina has really not been able to capitalize as the Wildcats are scoring almost every time down the court. They need a few stops

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April 4th, 2016

If Carolina doesn't come back to win ( and they trial by 5 going to the line to shoot 2), they can look to Kennedy Meeks subpar performance. Only two points for the Carolina big man with 7 minutes left to play.

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April 4th, 2016

this one has the feel of a game to be decided in the last minute. Villanova has taken the lead by three with 12 minutes to play. Carolina has not even attempted a three so far in this half. Credit the Wildcat defense.

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April 4th, 2016

Villanova shoots 58% but Carolina is 7-9 from three. Jackson and Berry are a perfect 6-6 from three. Carolina is outrebounding the Wildcats by 6 and has assisted on ten of its 15 baskets. Both teams have turned the ball over 6 times. Villanova has balanced scoring with 5 players with either 6 or 7 points. As I earlier mentioned, the Heels are led by Berry's 15 points with Jackson chipping in 9. Carolina's big men have a total of 7 points. Nobody on either team has more than 2 fouls.

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April 4th, 2016

Carolina had a chance to go up 9 at halftime but a great block by Villanova on a break way led to a Wildcat basket at the buzzer and its the Heels by 5 at the half. Both teams are warming up. Carolina is surprisingly getting most of its points from its backcourt as the Tarheels are having trouble getting the ball inside.

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