Basketball Issues; Baseball's Young Stars

Basketball Issues; Baseball's Young Stars

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Hi Mickey,

I have a few thoughts/questions on the Brownell program and on the Baseball program. First, I’m a fan of Brad Brownell! I believe he has no pressure on him from the AD. I think he can win games when he has that star player, developed, player like Devoe, Blossingame, and KJ. There is not a player on the roster who looks anything like those three in my opinion. Perhaps, Simms comes the closest. Hopefully, BB can develop Simms, Trapp, or Jemison.

The Tigers lose Reed, Mitchell, Skara, and ET. Those are huge loses. Quality minutes have been played by Simms, Jemison, Newman, Trapp and Tyson. Hopefully, the 2019 kids, Hunter and Dawes can contribute early as Freshman. However, I think the Tigers are in big trouble. This seems to be the youngest team that Brad has had in a long while. Will they develop? I hope! Yet, I think it will be two years down the road. Coach BB’s teams and players have looked and performed the same way consistently. We have a competitive bubble team every two to three years. FSU produces exciting basketball teams these days. They out-athlete us. Other teams simply outshoot us—Miami for example. What will it take for Tiger Basketball to become exciting?

Baseball— Monte Lee seems to have his best pitching staff to date. Spires, Sharpe, Askew, wRobleski, Hennessey, and Crawford, along with several others make the tigers really deep! I’m still waiting for "small ball” and “base running pressure”… but love the fact that almost all of the starters have gone yard! This looks like a really good team that’s even more confident than last year. Thoughts?

Charlotte Tiger

Charlotte Tiger,

I really like Brownell. I think he is the best x and o guy we have had here since I have been watching. However, I think they have to recruit better. The talent level has not been where it needs to be and recruiting is the first step in getting more talented. I do think they have developed players fairly well, but the recruiting must be improved.

Like you I am worried about 2019-2020. Losing four starters is a concern but the lack of experience and depth is a major issue. I don’t have high hopes for next season.

I agree on baseball. Tha freshman class looks like Lee’s best yet. They have depth and versatility. They have a lot of options at several positions. I think his program is on track for bigger and better as soon as this season. This looks like his most athletic team. There may some growing pains but I love the upside of this young team.


Another week and 2 more games that the basketball Tigers could and maybe should have won. Clearly Gabe Devove must have been an All Star because he is the only starter missing from last year's team. Are there issues with the team being so old, do they play as hard as should, were they just fortunate last year? I don't see the teamwork or the urgency but without a doubt change the result of the NC State, Miami and Louisville games and everything changes.

Recruiting is certainly tough at Clemson but last year Virginia was only ranked 60th in recruiting and Clemson was ranked 72nd. There is little comparison between Clemson and Virginia and the primary reason is discipline, fundamentals and of course coaching. One recruiting class does not make a team unless you are Duke or Kentucky but the fact is that last year in recruiting the Tigers were 12th in the ACC and this year are 9th.

I have only been to one game this year and there might have been 2000 people in the $63 million palace. The pep band may have had more members than the total of other students at the game. Winning brings crowds but without better recruiting that will be a tough job. Is there still hope this year, is there hope for the future? The margin for error is thin.



This team has not played up to expectations for most of the year. The only great win was against Virginia Tech who was without its point guard.

This team doesn’t shoot well, the passing is not a strength and the spacing is an issue. This team also has very little depth.

Virginia has a brand and plays defense like no other team in the country.

Recruiting has to improve. This program needs to improve the talent level soon. This can be done. Tennessee’s top seven players were all three stars. So you can win without five stars. This program needs better evaluation, better development, better recruiting, or all of the above.

There is hope this year because the schedule eases up coming down the stretch. I don’t feel good about next season. However, I think you can win here and win at a very high level. I refuse to believe that it can’t be done here.

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