Now that Gafford is coming back officially, how do you guys see the lineups looking next year?
Gafford / Chaney / Henderson
Gabe / Bailey / Phillips
Hall / Garland
Jones / Joe / Sills
Harris / Embery / (Hill Mid-terms RS)
I think Gabe beats out Bailey this summer and becomes the new “Manny Watkins” a guy that doesn’t score a lot but one of the leaders on defense and does all the little things. I also think Chaney will be used similar to how Trey Thompson was used, which is he’ll mostly back-up Gafford at the 5, but we’ll see some lineups with him alongside Gafford playing at the 4. I think Phillips gets spot minutes at both the 3 and 4 spot. Also, think Isiah Joe and Garland (if available) will see some starts next year. I’m still a bit skeptical on Garland really would like to hear some good news about him soon.
I said this before, and some got upset, but no doubt in my mind our first game (exhibition or regular season, maybe both) the starting five will be:
PG - Harris
SG - Jones
SF - Hall
PF - Bailey
C - Gafford
I do not think that is the starting team come SEC or March. I think we will see different rotations (obviously), but in my opinion, if Garland is cleared we will see a starting lineup of
PG - Sills (my opinion defense and offense will make him the starter)
SG - Khalil (possibly Joe depending on how his shots fall)
SF - Phillips (I know everyone wants him inside, but he is a very good perimeter player, this is the one position I think Mike hasn’t really had since he has been here, Hall is improving but Phillips is one of those rare players)
PF - Chaney (his rebounding ability is too much to leave on the bench)
C - Gafford (only player who I think starts every game next year)
However, to answer your question (not in order of starting):
PG - Harris, Embery, Garland, Sills, and Joe (and Holmes )
SG - Joe, Garland, Embery, Jones, Hall (in large/defensive lineups)
SF - Phillips, Hall, Garland, Jones (small lineups, shooting)
PF - Chaney, Henderson, Phillips (small ball), Bailey, Hall (small ball), Gabe
C - Gafford, Henderson, Chaney, Phillips (again small ball)
Gafford and Hall are locks at the 5 and 3. If you really want to speed people up I thank you could play Hall at the 4. Harris is probably the guy at PG in a timeshare with Keyshawn Embery.
I think Isiah Joe will be the starting 2G and Bailey or Chaney at the 4. Agreed that it might be Chaney as the main back-up at the 5, or it could be Ethan Henderson or Gabe as a stop gap 5 for defense. I think CJ remains the instant offense microwave off the bench (hopefully more consistently).
What I see is competition at every position except five, where we don’t need it now. The other four spots have three and four players that could possibly fill that position with the flexibility of many players. That increases the odds of finding a rotation without glaring holes. I wonder if we might shift into overdrive next season without any player besides Gafford being essential on the court.
but by end of the year it will be gafford, chaney, hall, joe, and harris.
henderson, gabe, and bailey sub at the four and five.
phillips for hall
sills for harris
emery for joe then cj.
joe one of best high school shooting guards i have seen in a while. and consistent, mores than jones. plus he played point this year so he handles ball better than jones, and defense, no contest. just a better player than jones.
cheney would have started this year at the four for us.
sills better than beard, 2 inches bigger, same toughness, better scorer.
phillips is the swing guy, from what i have seen on film he handles ball very well, could we have a 6’7" point at times.
embry is the one i don’t know about, but hope to see him in little rock soon.
Nobody else is feeling like Gabe can beat out Bailey to start at the 4? With the exhibitions/first couple games CMA typically starts the upperclassmen no matter what, so I agree likely Bailey probably starts then. But, I just see Gabe being heads and shoulders better than Bailey next year and starting pretty early in the season, maybe even starting by the first official game. Gabe showed me a lot this year, his B-Ball IQ is high and he really plays with a high motor all the time. Bailey is kinda like Thomas and Cook were, he’s really inconsistent in what he brings every night.
It’s possible. Bailey brings a shot blocking element and in that Butler game he hit a couple 15 ft shots. His jumper actually looks good, but he is very hesitant to shoot (and it’s slow). I don’t disagree with a lot of what you said about Gabe, but Bailey has a lot of tools too.
We have a lot of G’s, a lot of combo guys, a couple of non traditional bigs. Gafford makes a huge difference defensively for this team. I still worry about youth. But Gafford coming back adds a lot on defense and allows so many more combinations on the court.
Gafford’s decision to announce now is a huge, huge break for Coach Anderson and his staff - both in terms of having him back and not being caught in limbo as the process would have played out over time.
Start of the Seasion:
PG - Jalen Harris - Keyshawn Embery
SG - CJ Jones- Isaiah Joe - Desi Sills
3G/SF - Darious Hall - Khalil Garland - Jordan Phillips
PF - Adrio Bailey - Reggie Chaney- Gabe 0
C - Daniel Gafford - Ethan Henderson
• I do not rule out Isaiah Joe getting significant PG time
• Jalen Harris has experience edge and is a true point guard, but I think Keyshawn Embery has higher ceiling and will end up taking that spot.
• Adrio and Gabe will have to really improve to keep Chaney off the court
• I think Henderson will be able to give Arkansas good minutes behind Gafford, but I also expect Chaney and Gabe O to find minutes inside.
• And if anybody transfers - not something I expect right now - I would suspect a big to be brought in via graduate transfer or juco.
I wouldn’t be mad if we landed Tory Miller as a graduate transfer. He’s a big, physical, athletic big man. He got hurt his senior season so he has 1 year left. I was reading about him on some Colorado sites and they were expecting a big season from him before he got hurt. Watched some Colorado highlights of him and he really strong around the rim. Honestly, I think he’d be a really good back-up to Gafford and that would allow Henderson a year to add some weight and learn the college game without us having to rely on him too much for production.