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12-02-2007, 07:26 AM
Sacre. I for one am very, very pleased with how he is coming along. Many of his contributions can go unnoticed but he is really doing a decent job in the trenches. He gives us a real physical presence in the paint. He isn't yet fundamentally solid but man can he move folks around in the paint. That is one strong man-child. I see improvement every game. Mistakes he made in last game he seems to be correcting in the next.

Offensively, he is raw though his baby hook from the left block is a great shot to perfect. (Why more bigs don't develop a hook today is a mystery. Of course a hook did nothing for Kareem's career.;) ) When he develops a counter move--look out.

I look for big things from Rob down the line. Even if he doesn't score a lot of points this year, he is wearing bigs out with his physical play. We need that.

12-02-2007, 08:56 AM
He just keeps getting better every week!

The kid is going to be a monster when he develops another post move. The little hook is nice. Add a drop step to that and he is going to punish people on the block.

12-02-2007, 09:24 AM
All things considered, I thought Robert looked incredibly poised and polished out there in the Garden. His physical maturity gives him an instant advantage in these games, and when he keeps his head about himself, it's as though he's playing like an upper classman. Hate to praise one player at the expense of another, but Sacre showed a lot more poise and promise than Kuso yesterday. I know Kuso is a warrior and has already had some big games for the Zags this year, but his inconsistency is troubling. At least Robert was up to the task of picking him up yesterday. Probabaly made the difference in the game.

12-02-2007, 09:28 AM
Agreed. Both Rob and Austin are a little bit of a surprise, at least to me. I expected big things, but thought both would take longer to develop.

Rob is already beginning to provide the inside presence that this team really needs for balance and to excel. I didn't expect him to get more minutes that Kuso, but that look inevitable at this point.

12-02-2007, 09:36 AM
OMG! Poster material from Rob last night vs. Uconn . . .


12-02-2007, 09:51 AM
Like I said, I never thought it would be Rob who would ready to play on the big stage and not Austin, but he really put a hurt on the Huskies down low last night. They never found an answer for him, until foul trouble got him out for portions of the game.

12-02-2007, 10:04 AM
The biggest benefit I see in Rob's maturing is that it will give us another post presence when Josh gets back. Rob's presence in the post will allow Josh more freedom do do what he does best, as opposed to being forced into the "back to the basket" role he had last year. Josh will add major headaches to teams trying to defend us, with his ability on the perimeter as well as underneath. Good luck trying to defend a lineup of (please pick your favorite 5) Pargo/Bouldin/Downs/Pendo/Heytvelt/Sacre/Daye/Gray when we are back at full strength.


12-02-2007, 10:27 AM
Rob has improved 5x from his debut as a Zag. Hard to forecast how good he could be down the road a year or two or three. He loves the game and wants to improve.

12-02-2007, 10:38 AM
Sacre has been improving in all parts of his game. If there is a positive point to the Josh injury, it will be the contribution that Sacre will make later. He is getting time now, that he probably would not have gotten with Josh here. This could be the plus that we need to help make a run this year:) :) .

12-02-2007, 10:43 AM
Young Rob definitely had a big national coming out party yesterday, as he was the most photographed of all the players in the game, near as I can tell. A sampling:

" Jerome Dyson is fouled as he tries to dunk over Gonzaga's Roibert Sacre in the first half." (Got to love that "Roibert!" It's #14 in the Hartford Courant Photo album (http://www.courant.com/sports/college/husky/men/hc-uczags1201-pg,0,4117594.photogallery?coll=hc_sports_college_h usky_men_promo).)

" Foul trouble on UConn's Hasheem Thabeet opened up the middle for Gonzaga's Robert Sacre, who dunks over Gavin Edwards in the first half. Sacre had 14 points." (#5 in the Courant album)

" A.J. Price and Gonzaga's Robert Sacre reach for a loose ball late in the second half." (#8 in the Courant album)

And the amazing dunk photo, #13 in the album:


12-02-2007, 10:50 AM
But wait! Here are a couple more dandies:

Is this hysterical?

(#17 in the album)

Photographer to Sacree, "I think I love you!" (#20)


Again (24 in the album:


#27 in the album:


12-02-2007, 11:10 AM
I have to agree, I'm beginning to really like the way Sacre plays. His post skills will develop (I doubt he had to post against other 7 footers often in high school). My love is growing for him, although I'm fairly certain it will never grow to the level of Richard Fox love for him (which borders on creepy).

12-02-2007, 11:14 AM
Rob picked up a offensive rebound and instead of getting a layup attempt blocked, he flushed it right in Ucon's face. This guy has shown great toughness and maturity. He'll be a great Zag. Kuso seems to excel against smaller lines, it's nice to have a strongman like Rob who can bring some justice in the paint against the bigger front lines.

12-02-2007, 11:48 AM
Zagdaddy - great observation. Yesterday I saw a lot of very good things at the team and effort level, and a few oustanding individual performances.

Sacre - in my opinion, by far the most noticeable improvement since the beginning of the season, and his progression each game has been visible. I believe that he might be as good an NBA prospect as Daye given time and if he continues to show what he has already shown.

He came to our school in better shape than ANY 7-foot freshmen this season or any in my recent memory. His strength and conditioning for a man his size has earned him the minutes to get the experience and confidence to let him work on the less developed parts of his game. He also has shown that he is an intelligent person as well, learning fast, adapting himself and his game.

Pargo - the last two games he has gotten better each game and last night he played like an NBA point guard. If he continues this level of play, the Zags will be very tought to beat. I say this NOT because he shot lights out from the perimeter (he couldn't of shot worse than he has been...) but because of how well he played managing the offense - driving lanes with his head up; using screens so effectively along with his quickness to convert those very brief opportunities so easily into baskets; and, probably most importantly, pulling the ball back when a brief opportunity closed to wait for a better one. He really really played a good game as point guard. FIVE assists and ZERO turnovers!! awesome job Pargo!

Bouldin - shooting and driving exactly like the player we all thought and hoped he would be. no player in recent Zag memory shows better ability to gauge and exploit a team's and his individual opponent's weaknesses. when he has the size and strength advantage he gets to a sealed spot in the post and scores almost laughably easy (for us), and when the defender is back on his heels from matt's constant threat to pass or drive the ball, matt pulls up and creates and hits that open shot. and he shoots with great rotation, arc, and touch. might become a deadly shooter as his confidence grows.

'nough rambling. great individual and team effort by the zags and truly worthy of the attention the game got them (front page photo/lead story of espn men's bball, etc.). finally, big thumbs down to calhoun for implying his team gave the game to the Zags, that his team could of easily won. What I saw was his team get beat fundamentally, individually, and from a coaching standpoint.

Face it calhoun, your players had to take tough shots all night long and every lane and pass was defended by your opponent. your team is talented but YOUR HUSKY hinie got beat by better kind of dog!

Oregon Zag
12-02-2007, 12:12 PM
OMG! Poster material from Rob last night vs. Uconn . . .


He even does an "impression" of Micah in the 5th photo.:lmao:

12-02-2007, 12:28 PM
Picture number 20 in the gallery posted above captures on film one of the little things he can improve upon. When you're 7 ft tall don't bring the ball down to your waist around the basket where the little people can get to it. Keep it around your neck, big fella!

Rob is a very gifted and unusual 7 footer. Most often they are either lanky or plodders. It's very rare to see one built like he is--so proportional and athletic. He's athletic enough to actually guard somebody 20 feet from the basket and strong enough to muscle them down low.

As far as Pargo is concerned, yesterday's game was his bet ever played as a point guard, IMHO. I think it was his smartest play (save the boneheaded foul on the 3 at the end) and he did the best job of meeting his responsibilities at the point.

12-02-2007, 12:29 PM
That baby hook that Rob has may be his only real low post, one on one offensive move right now, but it's effective and better than anything Kuso can do. Zag guards threw the ball down into Kuso at least 2 times yesterday in the second half when he had nothing but a tall defender on his back and no double team in sight, and he couldn't do anything but turn around and throw the ball up with the hope that it would go in. I'm not trying to bag on Kuso, because I love his energy and what he brings to this team, but the Zags need to play toward Kuso's stengths and not expose his limitations.

12-02-2007, 12:55 PM
Zag guards threw the ball down into Kuso at least 2 times yesterday in the second half when he had nothing but a tall defender on his back and no double team in sight, and he couldn't do anything but turn around and throw the ball up with the hope that it would go in.

I noticed this too. It was after Sacre had to sit down with his 3rd foul.