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Post by up7587 Wed Apr 17, 2024 11:18 am

DoubleDipper wrote:What position to the Pilots need to fill to round out the team?

1. An experienced big to mentor and compete with Rapp, Dobuol, and Dengdit.
2. An experienced point guard to compete with redshirt freshman Vince Delano for the starting position.

One down, one to go.

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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Apr 17, 2024 11:41 am

up7587 wrote:One down, one to go.
I get the impression Coach Legans is going to wait, not rush, to fill the final scholarship.

It would seem he's comfortable with his current guard lineup but will still keep an eye out for another guard or even another big.

With that said, one time Jefferson HS, Oregon POY, and Texas Tech backup Lamar Washington will be taking an unofficial visit to UP this week while visiting family...despite telling everyone he "does not want to come back to Portland."

https://texastech.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster/lamar-washington/12610
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Post by up7587 Thu Apr 18, 2024 3:47 pm

up7587 wrote:
DoubleDipper wrote:What position to the Pilots need to fill to round out the team?

1. An experienced big to mentor and compete with Rapp, Dobuol, and Dengdit.
2. An experienced point guard to compete with redshirt freshman Vince Delano for the starting position.

One down, one to go.

One down, two to go. A scoring forward with rebounding skills, hopefully.

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Post by up7587 Sun Apr 21, 2024 4:27 pm

@PortlandMBB wrote:It’s official—welcome to the family Aussie Rapp! 🙌🇦🇺

https://twitter.com/PortlandMBB/status/1782138036186419491/photo/1

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Post by up7587 Sun Apr 21, 2024 4:29 pm

@PortlandMBB wrote:Keep ‘em comin—welcome to Portland Max Mackinnon! 👏🇦🇺

https://twitter.com/PortlandMBB/status/1782156354213609771/photo/1

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Post by up7587 Sun Apr 21, 2024 4:29 pm

@PortlandMBB wrote:Big time—welcome to the Bluff Jermaine Ballisager Webb! 🔥⚓

https://twitter.com/PortlandMBB/status/1782171085460693033/photo/1

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Post by up7587 Sun Apr 21, 2024 8:11 pm

Updating your comprehensive post since four days ago.

DoubleDipper wrote:MBB is allowed to 13 scholarship players...

With the regular signing period beginning tomorrow, April 16, how many scholarships do the Pilots need to fill after the news that Chris Austin will return and the recent departures through graduation and the transfer portal?

I believe that number is only two!

UP loses eight nine scholarship players Robinson, Gorosito, Oosterbroek, Yamanouchi-Williams, Jordan, Hyde, Koroma, and Vucinic and Tyler Harris.

There are currently 11 players either on scholarship or committed and expected to sign in the coming weeks:

1. Chris Austin
2. Vukasin Masic
3. Max McKinnon (committed signed)
4  Bol Dengbit
5. Vince Delano
6. Kelson Gebbers (a walk-on last season)
7. Mikah Ballew (signed in November)
8. Jinup Dobuol (committed signed 4/22)
9. Todd Jones (committed signed 4/22)
10. Aussie (Austin) Rapp (committed signed)
11. Jermaine Ballisiger Webb (signed)

I do not recall a Pilots team this young and inexperienced, ever!  Only Austin, Masic, and McKinnon and Ballisager Webb have more than one year of college ball experience.  Dengdit has one year of experience and everyone else is a "rookie."

What position to the Pilots need to fill to round out the team?

1. An experienced big to mentor and compete with Rapp, Dobuol, and Dengdit. ???
2. An experienced point guard to compete with redshirt freshman Vince Delano for the starting position.


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Post by DoubleDipper Mon Apr 22, 2024 8:21 am

Dean Murdoch wrote:We got Ball State out here dropping bags now?
Probably not, but they did snag a good one in guard Jeremiah Hernandez.

The Southern Indiana transfer and All-OVC First Team selection has committed to Ball State.

The 6’4” senior guard started 28/31 games, averaging 17.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 steals.

Not sure where that leaves Juanse...
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Post by up7587 Mon Apr 22, 2024 9:57 am

I went through this thread and looked up all the players mentioned (yes, I am nuts). A couple were previously reported here (Davis, Myers). Several are still unsigned, and some of them are PGs.

Kameron Wright: unsigned
Isaiah Brown: Florida
Vuk Lazarevic: unsigned
Vazoumana Diallo: Washington
Taj DeGourville: San Diego St.
Jon Mani: Denver
Jai Anthoni Bearden: Ball St.
Liam Campbell: unsigned
Zion Sensley: SMC
Style Phipps: Grand Canyon
Austin Maurer: Grand Canyon
Ty Virgil: unsigned
Joseph Valencia: unsigned
Pearson Carmichael: Boise St.
Dayton Forsythe: Oklahoma
Hunter Carter: unsigned
Mario Williams Jr: Western Oregon
Chris Riddle: DePaul
Terrence Hill Jr: Utah St.
Aaron Powell: Rice
Eric Freeny: UCLA
Isaac Davis: BYU
Loreno Cason: unsigned
Stefan Cicic: unsigned (just visited Miami, said it's a good fit)
Jonah Hinton: unsigned (has a Top 5 w/o UP)
Qiant Myers: Portland St.
John Wade: unsigned
A.J. George: unsigned
Brandton Chatfield: Iowa St.
Javon Ervin: unsigned
Mor Seck: unsigned


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Post by NoPoNeighbor Mon Apr 22, 2024 12:58 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:
Dean Murdoch wrote:Uhh just to confirm, he has committed to UP??
Yes!

Ballisager Webb did not get a lot of playing time at American, averaging just 13 minutes per game playing behind the best player and leading scorer on the team who is returning for one more year.

A true center, he did not attempt any 3-point shots during his two years at American U but did shoot close to 60% on the inside while averaging over 7 ppg and 4 rpg this past season.

A native of Denmark, his mother's home country, he attended high school at Montverde Academy in Florida.
Vucinic for Ballisager Webb looks like a fairly even trade in terms of production. If Legans plays B.W. the same amount as he did Vucinic (11.9 minutes/game), we'd get about 2 points more per game from that position (6.6 vs 4.6), and about half a rebound more (3.5 vs 3.0).

Ballisager Webb: 13.1 mpg, 58.1% fg, 62.5% ft, 7.4 ppg (.56 points/minute), 3.8 rpg (.29 rebounds/minute)
Vucinic: 11.9 mpg, 59% fg, 62.3% ft, 4.6 ppg (.39 points/minute), 3.0 rpg (.25 rebounds/minute)

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Post by up7587 Mon Apr 22, 2024 3:47 pm

Per Verbal Commits, Jinup Dobuol has signed his NLI.

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Post by DoubleDipper Mon Apr 22, 2024 5:11 pm

up7587 wrote:Per Verbal Commits, Jinup Dobuol has signed his NLI.
https://twitter.com/PortlandMBB/status/1782471613780459970/photo/1
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Post by up7587 Mon Apr 22, 2024 5:34 pm

@PortlandMBB wrote:Another new Pilot—welcome to the West Coast Todd Jones Jr. 🙌⚓

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Post by up7587 Mon Apr 22, 2024 5:51 pm

Interesting take on recruiting I saw on the GU board. Regards evaluating parents as well as recruits.

floor-seats-college-recruiters-pass

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Post by DoubleDipper Mon Apr 22, 2024 8:34 pm

up7587 wrote:Interesting take on recruiting I saw on the GU board. Regards evaluating parents as well as recruits.

floor-seats-college-recruiters-pass
Oh my, that is such a good and true article...

I have had the privilege of talking to UP's head coaches through the years, and in the last few years there has been a very discouraging trend of student-athletes and parents wanting "guaranteed" playing time and money as part of the me, me, me movement instead of being part of a TEAM.  

This trend is now exacerbated by the NCAA allowing true free agency (admittedly, the courts have handcuffed the NCAA), and the lack of support given by parents to coaches, and the parent's diminished importance placed on their child's education.

My favorite quote from the article:
"Well, my son is in the transfer portal, and he's 20 years old. He's grown. He can make his own decisions." And we're like, "No, he can't." Some parents really don't understand who their kids are. And that the kids aren't capable of making the right decision and the right choice for them and their future.
Just look at the number of young players who go in the portal and never find a school at which they can complete their FREE college education...but they do get a lesson in life!
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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Apr 23, 2024 7:19 am

PortlandMBB wrote:Officially signed ✍—welcome to P-Town Mikah Ballew! ⚓
Although signed in November, this gives us a look at his 3-point skills.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1782504628095156445
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Post by up7587 Tue Apr 23, 2024 10:06 am

@ThePortalReport wrote:Drake transfer Patrick Bath (@patrick_bath21) has received interest from the following programs:

Colgate
Longwood
Wofford
Marist
American
Portland
Holy Cross
NDSU
Idaho
FDU
UMBC
William & Mary
Manhattan
Cal Poly
+many more!

6'9" 210# RS-F, Plymouth MN, transferring after one year redshirting at Drake.

https://twitter.com/ThePortalReport/status/1782805438628819433/photo/1

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Post by up7587 Wed Apr 24, 2024 8:11 pm

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DoubleDipper wrote:From Tacoma, Ervin put up 22.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists & 37% 3PT in conference play at Peninsula JC is in Port Angeles this past season.
To me, Ervin could be a useful to the Pilots because he is a point guard, and the roster currently lists just one true point guard, Delano.

Posted today:

@jakelieberman2 wrote:6'3 guard Javon Ervin out of Peninsula Junior College tells me that he's recently heard from the following:

Portland
Pacific
Marshall
Mount St. Mary's
Texas State

Averaged 21.6 points per game this season.

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Post by DoubleDipper Thu Apr 25, 2024 4:20 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:...one time Jefferson HS, Oregon POY, and Texas Tech backup Lamar Washington will be taking an unofficial visit to UP this week while visiting family...despite telling everyone he "does not want to come back to Portland."
Washington committed to WCC rival Pacific today. Mad
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Post by DoubleDipper Thu Apr 25, 2024 5:23 pm

No positive news, but a few updates:
up7587 wrote:I went through this thread and looked up all the players mentioned (yes, I am nuts).  A couple were previously reported here (Davis, Myers).  Several are still unsigned, and some of them are PGs.

Kameron Wright: unsigned
Isaiah Brown: Florida
Vuk Lazarevic: unsigned - Serbian, probably not coming to US.
Vazoumana Diallo: Washington
Taj DeGourville: San Diego St.
Jon Mani: Denver
Jai Anthoni Bearden: Ball St.
Liam Campbell: unsigned -  Decommitted from USC, but is not interested in UP
Zion Sensley: SMC
Style Phipps: Grand Canyon
Austin Maurer: Grand Canyon
Ty Virgil: unsigned HS - Class of 2025; not interested in UP
Joseph Valencia: unsigned - Apparently not coming from Columbia to US to play basketball.
Pearson Carmichael: Boise St.
Dayton Forsythe: Oklahoma
Hunter Carter: unsigned - High School Class of 2025
Mario Williams Jr: Western Oregon
Chris Riddle: DePaul
Terrence Hill Jr: Utah St.
Aaron Powell: Rice
Eric Freeny: UCLA
Isaac Davis: BYU
Loreno Cason: unsigned - Signed with Michigan
Stefan Cicic: unsigned (just visited Miami, said it's a good fit) - Not offered by UP
Jonah Hinton: unsigned (has a Top 5 w/o UP)
Qiant Myers: Portland St.
John Wade: unsigned - Apparently not offered by UP...may be heading to Southern Mississippi
A.J. George: unsigned - Signed with SMU
Brandton Chatfield: Iowa St.
Javon Ervin: unsigned - Apparently, not offered by UP
Mor Seck: unsigned
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Post by up7587 Thu Apr 25, 2024 10:30 pm

@John_Fanta wrote:One high major coach to me on the state of college basketball:

“It’s a f#%king disaster. For us veteran coaches, this is not what we signed up for. I am not mad at the kids one bit. They’re seeking their value and earning money, and I think they should. It’s your right to get paid. I would do the same thing that they’re doing. Anybody mad at the kids is foolish. But shame on the NCAA for not seeing this coming years ago and being proactive. Not having a boundary or a system in place at all, having no regulations to even attempt to find a common playing field is a major miss. These collectives will get coaches fired. We have had no break. Not one coach in the country has had a single day to sit down and breathe. It’s unhealthy. The other issue is you get attrition when you get commitments. Another kid sees someone commit, dislikes the idea of fighting for their role on a team and wants to bolt elsewhere. We can’t do this every single year. Kids should make big dollars. But the way this is set up right now with no contracts or regulations makes it impossible to sustain anything in this sport.”

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Post by up7587 Fri Apr 26, 2024 4:27 pm

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@JonahHinton wrote:Blessed to receive an offer from University of Portland

2022 recruit started at NW Missouri St. (D-II), I think as a redshirt, then JUCO at Panola College.  Started every game, shot 39.7% on 3Ps and 79.8% on FTs.  6'3" 170#, from the Chicago area.  Has multiple offers from mid-major schools including Jacksonville St., New Orleans, Fairleigh Dickinson, CSU Bakersfield, Siena and Marist.

Committed to St. Bonaventure.

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Post by up7587 Wed May 01, 2024 11:44 am

@jakelieberman2 wrote:6'3 guard Javon Ervin out of Peninsula Junior College tells me that he's working out with Portland today.

In the past week, both FAMU & New Orleans have offered. Planning to visit both programs.

Averaged: 21.6 points per game

Tacoma, Washington native.

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Post by DoubleDipper Mon May 06, 2024 12:36 pm

May 1 has come and gone, and the portal is closed...now is the time for coaches and players to come to mutual agreements.

Last I heard, UP, with two open scholarships, was not interested in guys in the portal unless they have had a prior recruiting relationship...which could mean they'll add another kid out of high school, or perhaps an international player or JUCO kid.

During all the commencement activities at the Chiles Center this past weekend I did see a young man who looked to be a basketball recruit with one of the coaches.

Seems the team still needs a point guard and a physical/athletic wing...or power forward. bounce
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed May 08, 2024 8:47 am

NoPoNeighbor wrote:Has attempted zero 3-pointers in his career. If he does even a little bit of research into Legans' aversion to playing interior-oriented big guys, he'll steer clear of UP. Hard to understand why Legans is going after a guy like this, just to spend a roster spot on a guy who is destined to ride the bench.

Not to mention... if Illinois is interested, seems like an offer from Portland would be largely irrelevant...
Not offered by UP, Mor Seck has chosen Fresno St. as his next destination.

The 7’1” sophomore center appeared in 19 games, averaging 4.0 points on 61% FG, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 12.9 minutes per game this past season at Hawaii.
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