Rhody83 wrote:Hard to figure out the Berry situation. Last week’s show (after Buffalo game) Dan made comments that sounded like Berry was being pushed back. He said they made a mistake with Berry and expected too much. He also said he needed to get Preston more playing time. Now this week Berry is this great scorer and great offensive rebounder. Confusing.
It shows the value of Exhibition Games and Scrimmages. Some think there is little or no value to these types of games but for some players these are critically important opportunities. Berry is an example of how important these two games can be. He scored 26 points to lead URI versus Harvard at Harvard. Harvard has a good team and some good big men. Berry was strong on the offensive boards.
On the show Steve asked DH, by midseason who is the player you would like to be able to talk about who really impressed above what might have been expected? DH quickly responded Berry, and he said they need Berry to be that guy. He did not say he would
be, but hoped he would be and also he said that they need him to be that guy.
It's important to know the context of the question and the discussion. DH did not say Berry will be that guy, but they hoped he will be that guy and need him to be that guy.
This is classic Dan giving guys the opportunity to earn playing time and a potential starting position. What is interesting about this year's team is that they lost two of the A10's best big men in Martin and Iverson plus had a solid Langevine ready to come off the bench.
Now with Langevine as a starter DH needs to fill the other starting spot plus the big man off the bench. Both of these two positions (5th starter and 1st big off bench) are to be determined. And the 5th starter could come from a big man or from a guard. Pretty wide open - and could depend on the opponent any given night.
Let the games begin!!!