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No tweets from last night so I’ll do a recap:
- This time of year, when you see the coach’s getting upset with players, it’s because the player isn’t following the scouting report.
- Front line is an issue. Top 2 rebounding teams in the conference are 1) Houston and 2) USF.
- Thought USF and Cincinnati both outworked us on the offensive glass.
- First shot defense was good. Ranked in Top 2 in FG% defense which is very important to the team
- When you play with refs with a tight whistle, it usually goes against us because of how aggressive we play
- Doesn’t complain about the refs; instead goes back and sees what they can do to work around it
- Mentions the lane violations and how they lost a potential 3 points from them
- Doesn’t get overly analytical about games that have been played; worries more about what’s in front of them
- Going to make a ton of mistakes against ECU, but basketball is an imperfect game. Doesn’t like rationalizing mistakes, expects perfection.
- Jay Bilas texted CKS from Lexington and mentioned that they were coming to UH before the announcement, but told CKS not to tell anyone.
- Tremendous reward for the players
- Lot of people jumped on the bandwagon over the last few months don’t realize that we won 19 games at TSU before the Ferrtitta Center opened.
- 32-3 in last 35 games: only losses are by a total of 6 points.
- Tribute to the players because of how they bought into the culture, how they practice, and how they win
- Lot of great coaches that don’t win because they don’t have good players. Some coaches, like himself that are ok, win because of great players.
- Never get overly excited about winning a game because there’s another one coming out. Never get down about losing a game.
- Mentions his time at OU and talks about how Bob Stoops and how the fanbase would meltdown over a loss.
- Says that UH will lose another game this season, of course, been saying that for two months, but losing is part of the game. Will be proud of the kids as long as they played hard.
- Enjoys the process more than the games.
- Says the 1st time he saw Jarreau play basketball in June he thought that he would take a lot of work and had a long way to go. He’s not the same player he is now that he was then. Same with Corey Davis.
- Michigan is really good and they lost the other night. Kansas and Kansas State both have great coaches and one will lose that night since they play each other. And both will go back after the game and review the video and find out how to get better.
- Evaluates coaches by how much effort they can get out of them.
- Both Point Guards play to the style that they’ve developed for them.
- Jarreau lacked discipline, lacked how to play with the other 4 guys on the court, and didn’t know the system. Great kid, though, and very coachable. Understands the big picture.
- Doesn’t play Dejon the same way he plays Galen.
- Galen is the fastest PG he’s every coached. So unselfish. Greatest strength is his toughness. Came in, he knew how to play tough, but didn’t actually play tough.
- Won 33 straight at home, we’re doing OK, don’t need to change much in the crowd
- Nate is having trouble wearing that mask. Has problems looking down and has trouble to find the ball.
- Will need surgery after the season.
- Kellen works with Nate in his individual workouts. When he starts to sweat, it starts to get tough.
- Love Nate Hinton. Tremendous attitude, great worker, great size. Every year that he’s here, he’ll get better and better, and better. He’ll be 1st team all conference before he leaves.
- Nate has tremendous parents and a great older brother who are very well educated and we appreciate being able to coach him.
- Could care less about overall stats. Can be skewed by a bad game or good game. Worries more about the stats from the last 4 or 5 games. Can find out who’s trending in different categories.
- Some stats are more important than others. Last 4-5 games help CKS prepare for opponents.
- Didn’t know Armoni made 200 3’s in his career. Asks Jeremy how he got that stat. “Twitter”
- Recruited Armoni because he thought he was a great shooter.
- Neither Corey or Galen are as good as Hollis Price was. Price was a 1st team all american when he played and 3rd overall in national player of the year. Unfair to compare those two to Price. However, they are the 2 best on-the-ball defensive players he’s ever coached.
- Defense, big guy has to be like an air traffic controller. Three runways and 4 planes. Have to tell one plane to hold and circle while figuring out how the other three will land. Basically, the big guy has to call out the ball screen and then the on-the-ball defender has to defend how the big guy dictates.
- Doesn’t like comparing players; useless exercise. Why are we comparing Shaw to Wilt or LeBron to Jordan. You can like both just like you like different flavors of ice cream.
- Goes into how he likes his sandwiches (fried balogna), but hasn’t had it in a long time. Jeremy asks him why he doesn’t eat it anymore. Getting older, have to eat healthier. Asks how he got on this topic to which Jeremy mentions pick and roll defense. Says he can see how he got to that topic and sandwiches.
- Dejon Jarreau is on
- Great experience and great victory over USF. Fertitta Center is always packed and just grateful to be there.
- Feeds off the crowd and the energy they bring.
- Grateful to be able to play with Armoni and Corey. Defenses tend to not help off them because of their shots.
- Just trying to work on running the offense as well as Galen does
- Accepted the role of the 6th man off the bench and just trying to help the team reach it’s goals
- Coach Sampson does a good job of keeping them humble. When they go back into the locker room, it often feels like they lost a game instead of won…which is great (laughter)
- Knew Quannas White since High School and knew Coach Sampson from the NBA and knew that the offense would fit his style. Also, closer to home and family can see him play. Said that at UMASS, his mom and dad only saw him play once.
- Coaching staff, players, family, all helped him while he was out last year and earlier this year. They all called him, texted him, checked in on him after his grandma passed.
- Team is like a family. In June, everyone was kind of like everywhere and weren’t on the same page. At one point, Coach Sampson just walked out of the gym and the players started talking and decided to come together.
- Everybody calls him Deeky, except for Coach Sampson who calls him Dejon.
- Loves to socialize and read books in his off time, but hasn’t been able to read books in a long time.
- Major is Liberal Studies with Minor in Sociology. If Basketball doesn’t work out, he thinks he can get a job where he can socialize with people and work with them.
- Might be able to get Sean Payton from the Saints to come over and see a game.
- Loves New Orleans and how everyone comes out and has a good time.
- Favorite food is shrimp, any kind of shrimp, and dish of shrimp.
- Every game we play is going to be hard because everyone wants to beat them. Expect a good game from them, just got to play our game and go out and play our best.
- Back to CKS
- Harder on Point Guards than anyone else. Accountability they have to have is more than anyone else on the court. Meet with them more than any other players.
- Best rebounding teams he’s ever had were because of their guards. Dotson and Gray were both outstanding rebounders. Still have to get on Galen about going to get the rebound.
- Don’t care about how much height someone has. Lot of 7 footers play like they’re 6’5", lot of guards play like 7 feet tall.
- Toughest rebounder they’ve played this year is Yetna from USF who’s 6’8". Just couldn’t block him out.
- When Dejon and Galen get the rebound, they usually play faster because they can immediately start the break. Straight line instead of waiting for an outlet pass.
- Armoni wasn’t a very good rebounder in high school, but became outstanding here. Dotson only averaged 2 rebounds at Oregon, averaged around 8 here. Dejon isn’t a great rebounder yet, but he’ll get there.
- Dejon needs to get bigger and stronger. Hasn’t even been here a year. Came in at 168 and is up to 183.
- Teases Dejon about how if he eats all the food in front of him at the moment he’ll be up to 185. Heard he likes reading books, he better start reading that Sociology book.
- Spends more time in the film room these days instead of on the practice floor.
- Players get days off, but coaches don’t get days off. Jeremy mentions that he made the mistake of asking him how his Sunday was.
- Goes back to the Bologna Sandwich reference.
- In October and November, might as well have been teaching the players Korean Algebra, but they know what he’s talking about now.
- Has good students, great kids. Enjoys going down to practice with them.
- Season is like a journey or like raising a child. You don’t throw a baby out why they cry and you don’t overreact when you lose.
- Always miss the seniors.
- Talks about LeRon Barnes and how his footprints and fingerprints are all over the program because of his sacrifices.
- Mentions the other seniors he’s had at Houston and says that he loves them all.
- Mentions Galen and how he bought into a vision. Didn’t see a practice facility. Mentions that Galen told him that he was told that nobody at UH cares about basketball.
- Says he was told the same thing when he started coaching. Said he knew, he was there already.
- Great thing about UH was that it had a history; it was just dormant or asleep. It had to be brought back.
- Coach Guy Lewis was one of the greatest coaches in the game. Elvin Hayes and Phi Slama Jama were keys to the program.
- Kids like Galen and Dejon didn’t know who Elvin Hayes or Coach Lewis were. Had to tell them about it and teach them.
- Doesn’t live in the past, and believes in the future.
- Dejon walked into the practice facility and told him it was a great facility.
- The next classes will be the first that have seen the Fertitta Center before signing.
- ECU had USF beat on the road, but their starting PG didn’t make free throws at the end
- ECU is playing their best basketball of the year right now so it’ll be a tough game.
The LeRon Barnes love is amazing. Good on CKS for continuing to honor the kids who set the culture four years ago.
Maybe he doesn’t want to jinx it…
Yep. Rarely a show goes by that he doesn’t mention players from his first teams here
BTW, Deeky had 2 milkshakes last nite. Kelvins comment came before the 2nd one to go
Must be nice to have that D1 college basketball player metabolism.