Gophers men's basketball now sees transfer portal as a friend, not an enemy; Thompson & Thiam will be back

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the Mav discussion gets back to this weird notion that - if you are not a star player, then you must be garbage.

there is still room in the world for players who are not great - not stars - but are capable of providing depth.

I went and looked up Mav's college stats. For his career, he averaged roughly 3 points and 1 rebound a game - and less than 1 turnover a game.

as of last year, he was still playing in some pro basketball league in the Phillippines. He even got traded to another team for a player and a 1st-round draft pick.
The problems come when a depth player has to get tossed into a heavy usage situation. Mav was the kind of kid you want on the team, but as a role player. That's not garbage. Often times the player gets blamed for the position the coaching staff or injuries to other players put them into.
 

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the Mav discussion gets back to this weird notion that - if you are not a star player, then you must be garbage.

there is still room in the world for players who are not great - not stars - but are capable of providing depth.

I went and looked up Mav's college stats. For his career, he averaged roughly 3 points and 1 rebound a game - and less than 1 turnover a game.

as of last year, he was still playing in some pro basketball league in the Phillippines. He even got traded to another team for a player and a 1st-round draft pick.
IMO, depth players are more important than ever. There's more turnover on rosters than ever before and you're never going to have a roster full of top recruits. Because not all 13 players will get playing time. So you need a few depth guys. Would rather have someone that's in the program for a few years than getting new "depth" guys every year.
 

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IMO, depth players are more important than ever. There's more turnover on rosters than ever before and you're never going to have a roster full of top recruits. Because not all 13 players will get playing time. So you need a few depth guys. Would rather have someone that's in the program for a few years than getting new "depth" guys every year.
Also takes us to the place that fans dismiss the possibilities of a player growing because they are not immediately productive as a freshman. Fan bases are really impatient and I think it rubs off on players. Easy transfers don’t help with that at all.
 

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Also takes us to the place that fans dismiss the possibilities of a player growing because they are not immediately productive as a freshman. Fan bases are really impatient and I think it rubs off on players. Easy transfers don’t help with that at all.
Yep, we want a place where players will stay even if they don't play much early on in their career.
 

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The problems come when a depth player has to get tossed into a heavy usage situation. Mav was the kind of kid you want on the team, but as a role player. That's not garbage. Often times the player gets blamed for the position the coaching staff or injuries to other players put them into.
Mav as a senior was a decent role player. But investing 4 years to get 1 good year of a reserve is not great. He likely wouldn't have stayed here 4 years in the current environment.
 


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The problems come when a depth player has to get tossed into a heavy usage situation. Mav was the kind of kid you want on the team, but as a role player. That's not garbage. Often times the player gets blamed for the position the coaching staff or injuries to other players put them into.
I agree with this. But your depth guys have to be better than Mav. It's kind of funny. One of my friends absolutely DESPISED him. I made the same arguments I'm hearing here to him at the time. It's not Mav's fault he is forced into a bigger role than his talent. I did get frustrated with his turnovers - he was about 1:1 Assists-to-TOs, which is horrible for a PG. And his basketball IQ was low for a PG. He could shoot a little, but he was a really frustrating player to watch play any extended minutes. Happy for him that he found a way to make his talents work for him.
 

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Tis the off season... And no sign of any legit B1G players transferring here .. so we talk about the past.... We're fucked... And yes . The shine is being poured again...
 

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Is basketball like Football in that they have to declare for the portal by May 1st?
 







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This whole transfer portal is a friend thing... Couldn't of been a worse take... Apparently we have no friends ...
 










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