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    Default Good article on Rui

    After Rui Hachimura completed the round of 16 as the top scorer and second leading rebounder at the FIBA U-19 World Championships, the coach who recruited him to Gonzaga revealed he has even higher expectations for the promising forward.

    Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd admitted he thought Hachimura might produce even gaudier numbers than 19.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game given Japan’s reliance on him as its lone significant scoring threat.
    https://sports.yahoo.com/news/rui-ha...013427638.html

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    Explains a lot, finally.

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    “This is not going to be another sit-back-and-learn year for Rui,” Lloyd said. “We’re going to need Rui to be an impact player for us.”
    Money quote.

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    This is where the program can make a difference-- getting on recruits early.

    “The only other school that was recruiting Rui that I’m aware of was Arizona,” Lloyd said. “I don’t want to say we beat Arizona because that might not be accurate, but we moved faster than they did. We offered him really early. They wanted to take a little bit more of a wait-and-see approach.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    This is where the program can make a difference-- getting on recruits early.

    “The only other school that was recruiting Rui that I’m aware of was Arizona,” Lloyd said. “I don’t want to say we beat Arizona because that might not be accurate, but we moved faster than they did. We offered him really early. They wanted to take a little bit more of a wait-and-see approach.”
    Gonzaga wins this recruiting battle with Arizona for Rui Hachimura. So we don't lose them all. For those of you who think Hachimura will be just another athletic player sitting on the bench with insufficient skills to get him a lot of playing and to make a difference in a game need to read what Tommy Lloyd thinks about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post
    Gonzaga wins this recruiting battle with Arizona for Rui Hachimura. So we don't lose them all. For those of you who think Hachimura will be just another athletic player sitting on the bench with insufficient skills to get him a lot of playing and to make a difference in a game need to read what Tommy Lloyd thinks about that.
    Ive gone from skeptical to cautiously optimistic this summer. Cant wait to see what more PT will do for him.

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    Also note that Tommy said year 2 will be all about gaining experience and learning from his mistakes. Year 3 is where they expect him to put it all together and be a big time D1 star.

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    skeptical .....

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    He looks really good in the highlights I have seen. The only concern I would have is the high number of turnovers. He had 7 in one of the games. That might be a product of him having to handle the ball too much on that team though.

    SSF had a good post about his play too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    This is where the program can make a difference-- getting on recruits early.

    “The only other school that was recruiting Rui that I’m aware of was Arizona,” Lloyd said. “I don’t want to say we beat Arizona because that might not be accurate, but we moved faster than they did. We offered him really early. They wanted to take a little bit more of a wait-and-see approach.”
    I believe Rui was on their radar but no necessarily recruiting him. I do agree early can make a diff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigsmoove View Post
    Ive gone from skeptical to cautiously optimistic this summer. Cant wait to see what more PT will do for him.
    I think this is fair. He definitely needs to show more attentiveness on defense, and he looks a little more deliberate in his footwork than I would hope on offense. But I think we're also critiquing on another level.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezag View Post
    I believe Rui was on their radar but no necessarily recruiting him. I do agree early can make a diff.
    Arizona hosted him for an official visit.

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    Thanks for the various links, brethren.
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    Rui - the "forgotten Zag" when it comes to 17-18.

    So many threads when he wasn't even mentioned.

    He could be a total bust, but he has the tools that could make him a very special player. We will play a lot of teams that will have no one that can guard him. Whether he can guard anyone else is also an open question.
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    Rui saved the game vs West Virginia (Sweet 16).

    Was able to defend, help get ball down court, and hold serve when Collins predictably got in foul trouble.

    As a result, we were able to utilize ZC down the stretch...and we advanced.

    For the life of me, I still cant figure out why we didn't use Rui in a similar fashion when Collins was whistled for his 4th foul w/10 to play vs UNC.

    At least for 2 or 3 min stretch, even if only to help Karno get rest and allow Collins to play in the last few mins, when we had the lead and refs are less likely to call fouls.

    I even said it during the game. Put Rui in to save Collins for later.

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    Next time Tommy needs a Japanese translator, please hit me up!

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    Rui, Rui, Rui!
    I believe 17-18 is going to be a special season .... fast and furious! Chumping at the bit already and it's July!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    This is where the program can make a difference-- getting on recruits early.
    This is where the program HAS made a difference... for all the success our program has had we rarely win toe to toe battles for recruits against other top programs... We earn our recruits from early recruiting interest. I've learned my lesson from this board that when a recruit is first mentioned and they don't seem that interesting not to disregard them because the staff see something early in them which they do a great job off. Sabonis wasn't that interesting of a recruit early on and was a great player for us... Jesse Wade wasn't that interesting of a recruit early on but is seeming like a great recruit early on.

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    Don't post very often lately, but am really intrigued by Rui. The big piece for me (and IMO) will be how he will be able to integrate into the Zag system. The team is so heavily built on how well you fit into the system and play your role, while utilizing your skills, that I think this is the big question to be answered with how much Rui plays. Coach Few has always held to a premium that you play within the system on both ends of the floor, otherwise you won't see a lot of time. I know he gave Adam a lot of leeway with this, so we'll see how Rui fits into things. I am very intrigued at what he will bring next year. On the top end it's "sky is the limit" for sure.

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    A 6'8" small forward with elite athleticism, good handles and a 7'2" wingspan, geez, what's not to like? I see a huge leap forward for Rui in the coming year. I don't see him as quite the offensive star that Adam Morrison was in college, but he'll be a double-double machine and just as electrifying to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedster View Post
    Don't post very often lately, but am really intrigued by Rui. The big piece for me (and IMO) will be how he will be able to integrate into the Zag system. The team is so heavily built on how well you fit into the system and play your role, while utilizing your skills, that I think this is the big question to be answered with how much Rui plays. Coach Few has always held to a premium that you play within the system on both ends of the floor, otherwise you won't see a lot of time. I know he gave Adam a lot of leeway with this, so we'll see how Rui fits into things. I am very intrigued at what he will bring next year. On the top end it's "sky is the limit" for sure.
    Good one.

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    Rui is a guy that will be a better pro than college player imo. Not to say he won't have a good college career but his game is simply better suited for the pros. I would be ecstatic if he averaged like 8ppg and 6rpg next season. That would be a great year for him imo.

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    With his length and leaping ability, does he have the skills to be another rim protector? Because, thinking on it, even though PK was a "space eater" - it was JWIII who really provided the "thought in the back of the head" of guys going inside. Additionally, Tillie also did some fantastic things way up in the air. If we have Rui able to come off the ball to cause havoc, (set aside his on-the-ball defense for a moment), he seems to have the make-up of someone who can do it.


    If he could, that would seem to bring us a formidible defensive component down low, even setting aside Larsen's size and strength. This is a question to the basketball people. I am interested in hearing the analysis.
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    Rui averaged 1.4 blocks per game in the FIBA tournament --- JW3 averaged .9 blocks per game last year-- between all of our bigs we should have some decent rim protection as they are all mobile and can help weak side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DixieZag View Post
    With his length and leaping ability, does he have the skills to be another rim protector? Because, thinking on it, even though PK was a "space eater" - it was JWIII who really provided the "thought in the back of the head" of guys going inside. Additionally, Tillie also did some fantastic things way up in the air. If we have Rui able to come off the ball to cause havoc, (set aside his on-the-ball defense for a moment), he seems to have the make-up of someone who can do it.


    If he could, that would seem to bring us a formidible defensive component down low, even setting aside Larsen's size and strength. This is a question to the basketball people. I am interested in hearing the analysis.
    He has the athleticism to do it but not sure what is missing for him. Make-up, desire, lack of interest...just not sure. Look at the Puerto Rico highlights and on many of PR's baskets Rui is in perfect position to come over to help and have an easy block but he just sits there and watches. Trying not to be critical of him but the proof is in the video. Just hoping this is all his national team coaching and maybe a specific directive to not get involved and pick up fouls...

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