Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Attrition and Injuries

It's already been discussed in the comments below, but in case anyone missed it.  Carl Engstrom and Algie Key will not return.  Shannon Hale broke his foot and is out 4-6 weeks.

We've been hearing for a while that Carl was going to return home after the season.  I appreciate his effort and his time here.  He was finally starting to show some significant improvement before his injury in late 2012, but it became obvious he was never going to be an SEC caliber regular big man.  With the influx of guards coming in, the Algie Key news is not surprising.

As for Shannon, injuries are never good, but this is probably the best time for it to happen. Hopefully he will be fully recovered by the time November rolls around.

14 comments:

Msmilie said...

Here's today's press conference, for those interested.

http://videos.al.com/al/2014/04/anthony_grant_press_conference_29.html

Alex said...

Key was a good defender and he will be missed. I hope that we fill one of the empty scholarships with a big man.

bobbyjack said...

We think this will be it for attrition? Key is somewhat of a surprise and IMO I think he should've gotten more PT. I thought he pressed a bit in the limited minutes he got which led to some head-scratching turnovers. Like Levi, I think he needed some confidence.
Neither will break the team next year by not being here, but both would be minute eaters which we sorely need.

I see that Jacobs is still here... I'm guessing he had a change of heart? Despite his defensive issues, he is really needed on the offensive end. Releford's output is going to have be spread out for us to be competitive next season (and I won't comment on whether I think that is a reality).

Msmilie said...

Barring a surprise, I think this will be it as far as attrition goes. I hope anyway.

I'm not surprised by Algie's decision to leave. His offensive shortcomings were going to severely hurt his chances for increased minutes next season with the returning guards plus the newcomers.

Looks like Jacobs is still here, but I'll feel better about it once his status with the team changes. I really hope he sticks it out. In my opinion, Nick has so much potential as a basketball player, but he's lacked the motor and mental toughness necessary to take the next step. Nevertheless, he provides a post scoring option that will be needed, even if he's coming off the bench.

I actually think the team will be better offensively as a whole next season. No one is going to replace what Trevor could do, but I think the team will be more balanced offensively. Shannon's production should continue to increase, Tarrant and Kessens could average double digits, Levi and Coop will continue to be solid contributors, if not spectacular ones, Retin also. Hopefully, Jimmie will continue to show signs of progress on both ends. If one or more of the freshmen are ready to produce on a consistent basis, even better. Ultimately, the offensive numbers won't matter unless this team improves on defense and rebounding.

crimsontider said...

With all due respect to Carl and Algie, those are not two players that we should "miss." The traditional offseason attrition wouldn't be as big of a deal, if we could actually fill those scholarships. CAG is currently recruiting three big men, and there are rumors that we could be pursuing Kevin Ware. Let's hope that some way or another we enter next season with a full roster.

crimsontider said...

As much criticism as I have given Grant, i'm not going to criticize him for not playing Key. Algie was good at driving to the rim, however he couldn't shoot anything beyond ten feet, and once teams started properly scouting him, and his basketball IQ seemingly went to hell midway through the non conference season, it was clear that he was not the answer. You can't consistently give a two guard minutes if he is a poor ball handler, and a poor shooter. With all due respect to Algie, I was never quite sure why we offered him. I believe we were one of the only "Big six" schools to do so.

finebammer said...

what ever happened to accepting a challenge, upping your game and competing for a position?

personally, i find it hard to believe that a player who's spent a season with the team is going to look at incoming freshmen and fear for his position. if he's being told that's a possibility to motivate him and he turns tail, well, i start to question the evaluation that led to him being recruited and signed.



but hey, that's just me.

Alex said...

An 8 seed and a 7 seed in the championship game, what a crazy tournament.

Msmilie said...

Kentucky was probably underseeded, but, yeah, crazy tournament.

Drifter said...

Found out today that Grant personally coaches the big men.

crimsontider said...

Interesting, I thought Pujol did that. I think we would be better served if an assistant did that, IMO.

finebammer said...

which should come as no surprise after DJC's revelations of grant's in-game instruction of moose from season before last.

Drifter said...

Maybe Ronald Steele can shed some light.

bobbyjack said...

I heard that too. I find it strange that xCMG's strength was with big men during his time while CAG's has been with guards. You would think the opposite would ring true.