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I think YY needs his own thread. So at this stage, our belief is that he is medically cleared to play but has not been granted clearance by the NCAA. It is a great story and he is a true student athlete so that should work in our favor. He sat out three full years, right? I can't see him getting that much time and I am not sure he would want it anyway. I am assuming he is perhaps 23 right now. If cleared, maybe he gets a year - 2 if we are lucky.
If cleared, he is exactly what many of us have said we need. 6'7 and probably 240 pounds who should clean the defensive glass extremely well. Last year, it seemed that so many guys cheated on defense to help rebound. He can split minutes with Josh at PF. I think we could even get away with the two of them on the court together at C and PF for a few minutes a game.
Imagine! Our front court challenged team adding Gasperini at 6'10 250ish, Alexander at 6'8 230ish and YY at 6'7 240ish. That is a lot of beef! Hope they don't eat Little's meals! He needs all the food he can get his hands on.
I am so excited for next year! These big guys with Sa'eed, Sam, Larry and Marvin, et al! Bring it on!!!!!!
I could see him getting a year - which would require an NCAA waiver for two different reasons. Doubt he would get two years, especially since the PL bylaws say that a school "may grant an exception to enable a student to compete as a graduate student in their first year after earning the first baccalaureate degree."
Glad to hear he is doing so well.
Last Edit: May 13, 2018 21:16:18 GMT -5 by bison137
I've actually spoken to YY. Saw him on Saturday. His problem is not with the NCAA. Amazingly enough, they have finally gotten something correct. They extended his eligibility for two years. The problem is with scheduling classes for his MBA. Class times appear to be conflicting with the practice schedule. When he works that out, and he is confident he will be able to, he is good to go. Also, if any of you are local and you happen to run into him on campus, congratulate him on his upcoming wedding in May, 2019. He is marrying the Voleyball team's assistant coach. Things certainly appear to be breaking right for a very deserving young man.
Post by notjuanjones on Jun 25, 2018 12:30:13 GMT -5
Appreciate the update, Brooklyn. Again, I hope we all temper our on-court expectations for YY when and if he returns. He hasn't played in four years. It would be so unfair/unrealistic to think he'll just come right back and be the player he was when he was sidelined. Where he will be of invaluable help, though, is with his voice as an upperclassmen in the locker room, on the bus and when things otherwise get rough, and making everyone better every day by being on the practice floor. Whatever he can give us in games will be gravy.
Post by turtleguts on Jun 25, 2018 20:10:08 GMT -5
Come on NJJ! By definition, fans have unrealistic expectations. It's what we do. So I am hopeful that he splits PF minutes with Josh and gives us 5 points and 4 rebounds. Am I too optimistic? This off season has been so much more fun than last year.
Very happy for YY. I continue to maintain we all need to temper expectations for him on the floor after all this time away. I do think he can have a significant role off the court, as an older "big brother" who can help our young guys get through problems on and off the floor, in the locker room, on the bus, etc. He's just a really positive person to be around. Good luck, YY!
I agree that all of these intangibles can be a huge benefit for the program. But I don't know about tempering expectations - after all, it was pretty clear last year that we were hampered by the absence of experienced quality big men. Gasperini is back and YY is too. Add a freshman big who can make an immediate impact. That's reason enough for high hopes. High apple pie in the sky hopes. Congratulations to YY.
We are looking, first and foremost, for YY to not throw the ball away. If he can pul down some rebounds, play some defense, and not turnover the ball, he will have a big impact. As the season progresses, if he can continue to advance along those lines, I think he will be a key player for a turnaround in league play.