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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:36 pm

Thought I'd start a new thread for this topic.

As already discussed elsewhere and been assumed ever since Malcolm went through the Senior Night ceremony with a year of eligibility remaining, he is officially in the transfer portal.
@VerbalCommits wrote:Portland G Malcolm Porter (RS JR) has entered the transfer portal. Grad transfer w/one year to play.
http://verbalcommits.com/players/malcolm-porter

It will be interesting to see what happens with Malcolm, since Franklin did the same thing, and ended up not playing anywhere.

Verbal commits also shows Hugh Hogland in the portal as of 3/10/20, going to UCD as already discussed.
Verbal commits does not show Cody Collingsworth in the portal yet.
http://verbalcommits.com/schools/portland


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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:27 pm

With the news that Coach Porter is staying, now the focus turns to players.  We know Isaiah and Lamar are out of eligibility, Malcolm, Hugh and Cody are leaving.  Will any other players enter the portal?

I count eight players on the roster who might contribute next year: Seniors JoJo, Quincy, D and Jacob; Juniors Theo, Taki and Josh; Sophomore Chase.  I do not know if Miles Turner or Wyatt Watson can contribute or if they are practice players.  We have one freshman committed to a NLI, Zac Triplett from Australia.  We can hope he'll contribute as much as our Australian women did this year.

So here are some questions:
Can Diabate become more efficient in the low post?
How much more growth in skills development does Theo have?
Can JoJo (32%), Taki (39%) and Jacob (41%) get more consistent from 3P range?  They are the only current viable options.  We'll see about Zac's game.
What can Josh Phillips provide coming off his redshirt year?  We need his beef.
What can Chase improve after a year of experience as a true freshman?  How can he compensate for his height limitations?

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:39 am

Did you always kind of wonder who those young ladies in cheerleader outfits standing in the student section were?

Yeah, me too, and frankly I thought it was a little strange...and maybe it is, but they are now a club and having fun!
'It's like starting a riot:' Cheer club provides inclusive environment for supporting UP athletics
https://www.upbeacon.com/article/2020/03/university-of-portland-cheer-club-basketball

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:01 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Did you always kind of wonder who those young ladies in cheerleader outfits standing in the student section were?

Yeah, me too, and frankly I thought it was a little strange...and maybe it is, but they are now a club and having fun!
'It's like starting a riot:' Cheer club provides inclusive environment for supporting UP athletics
https://www.upbeacon.com/article/2020/03/university-of-portland-cheer-club-basketball

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Thanks, I often wondered about them, great story of spirit and friendships. The unanswered question: where did they get their uniforms?

I hope they are given a place out of the stands. Personally, I'd remove a section of courtside seats in front of the student section and put them there, to lead student cheers.

In the conference, some schools have traditional cheer squads with signs and lifts, some have cheerleaders who dance, and some have dance teams who cheer, like UP. I've never seen the point of the lifts (maybe because GU and BYU do it), but having more students cheering and encouraging others to cheer is a good thing.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:42 pm

up7587 wrote:I hope they are given a place out of the stands.  Personally, I'd remove a section of courtside seats in front of the student section and put them there, to lead student cheers.
And you'd be the volunteer coach they need? Razz
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:14 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:And you'd be the volunteer coach they need? Razz
Not likely; I barely cheer on my own.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:49 pm

The Pilots now have 5 open scholarships as Theo Akwuba has entered his name in the Transfer Portal...

Sorry to see him go...he's wonderful young man, who with the right coaching, will develop into a really good player, but he's got to do more than just dunks and blocks if he's to fully develop.
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Post by Sound Voltex on Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:32 am

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:42 am

Chase Adams has released the following statement as a result of his grandmother testing positive for COVID-19 and being hospitalized in critical condition and on a ventilator in Chicago.

https://portlandpilots.com/news/2020/3/27/statement-from-mens-basketball-freshman-chase-adams-on-covid-19.aspx

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:53 pm

@TravisBranham_ wrote:Source: Portland center Jacob Tryon has entered the transfer portal. Averaged 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.8 minutes per game this season.

I guess Jacob will be a "sit one, play one" guy somewhere?

What's that, six scholarships open now? Good lord.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:33 pm

Dean Murdoch wrote:I guess Jacob will be a "sit one, play one" guy somewhere?
Yeah, that or transfer to a D2 school somewhere in Southern California near his home and his girlfriend.
Dean Murdoch wrote:What's that, six scholarships open now? Good lord.
Yup, there are now six open scholarships, and four big men have left the team in the last two months: Collinsworth, Hogland, Akwuba, and now Tryon.

It would seem that fans of Pilots basketball are not the only ones who are upset that Porter is returning next season. Evil or Very Mad
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:38 pm

All about out of bigs. Was part of the discussion with Porter staying that he can hold the team together for next year?

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:17 pm

D2, really?

That is a heck of a good D2 player if he ends up there.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:00 pm

Dean Murdoch wrote:That is a heck of a good D2 player if he ends up there.
You're correct, I think he's the best player UP has lost so far...

I suppose he could end up playing for his girlfriend's dad, but that could be awkward, and I don't know the WCC's rules on transferring within the conference under the new rules.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:01 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Basketball doesn't seem so important when there is a world crisis...
OregonLive.com wrote:Within the past week, the Adams’ southside Chicago home has been on lockdown. Adams’ grandmother, 82, is in a hospital ICU unit on a ventilator, after testing positive for coronavirus. His father came down with a cough, and though he hasn’t been tested for COVID-19, he is quarantined in a room by himself. The rest of the family, who may have been exposed to the virus, are not allowed to go outside. They spend their day wearing masks and gloves and keeping their distance from one another.

“It’s like a movie around here,” Adams said.

Worse, Adams’ grandfather, Ralph Walker, died Sunday of heart failure. He lives about 10 minutes from the Adams’ home.
https://www.oregonlive.com/sports/2020/03/coronavirus-death-have-hit-portland-pilots-guard-chase-adams-head-on.html
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Post by Dean Murdoch on Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:11 pm

This seems less important after seeing what Chase's family is going through but I'll post it anyway.

https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/12-sports/460561-374531-porter-on-pilots-struggles-i-know-its-not-a-permanent-situation-

The article says "up to five scholarships available" but I believe 13 scholarships minus seven (six returners & Triplett) equal six current open slots? So either a math error on someone's part (maybe me) or there's a commit we don't yet know about.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:58 pm

Dean Murdoch wrote:The article says "up to five scholarships available" but I believe 13 scholarships minus seven (six returners & Triplett) equal six current open slots? So either a math error on someone's part (maybe me) or there's a commit we don't yet know about.
Your math is correct.  Even though the article mentions Collinsworth, he apparently never requested that his name be entered in the transfer portal (he simply left UP and enrolled at a JUCO), and all the websites that track such things still show him on the Pilots' roster.

Seniors:
1)Diabate
2)Walker
3)Ferebee
Junior:
4)Fahrensohn (RS)
Sophomores
5)Phillips (RS)
6)Adams
Freshman
7)Triplett

I'm not going to speculate who else might leave, but it's certainly a possibility...
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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:50 pm

A couple of says ago, but an update nonetheless...
The events of this past Sunday have tested the Adams’ family. As Chase’s mother screamed about her father being gone, his little sister also became distressed. Chase’s dad, Tony, who was previously isolated in his room after exhibiting a dry cough, came out to see what was happening. He was worried the news was about his mother in the hospital. When he heard Walker had died, he collapsed on the stairs as he found out the news.
The same day that Walker died, the Adams’ family received a call from the hospital about Juanita, with the doctors telling them that her organs were failing and that it was unlikely that she would make it through the night. But to the Adams’ family’s surprise, she made it through and is still battling as of Tuesday.
https://www.upbeacon.com/article/2020/04/chase-adams-covid-19-portland-pilots-basketball-coronavirus
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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:10 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Basketball doesn't seem so important when there is a world crisis...
Chase's grandmother passed away this morning...

If this virus crisis hasn't hit us all personally in some way yet, it likely will.

Chase has now lost his grandfather and grandmother in the last five days...and he still mourns the loss of his older brother six years ago from a seizure.

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Post by wrv on Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:31 pm

Condolences Chase. RIP to your family members who have passed away.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:38 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Chase's grandmother passed away this morning...
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:47 pm

I'm probably not the only one who's been worried about Geezaldinho (Geezer), as he'd not been seen or heard from since this whole COVID-19 thing started, so it was good to see him "social-distancing" at Lowe's this morning as he prepared for a little DIY work, apparently.   Razz

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:13 pm

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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:18 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:The Pilots now have 5 open scholarships as Theo Akwuba has entered his name in the Transfer Portal...

Sorry to see him go...he's wonderful young man, who with the right coaching, will develop into a really good player, but he's got to do more than just dunks and blocks if he's to fully develop.
Theo has joined the Rajun' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana in the Sun Belt Conference.

Good for him...he can now sit a year while resuming his pursuit of an engineering degree.
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