I really think with Dendy on this team we would be 17-1 or 18-0. We got crushed against UNI in the post. A post presence would have given us a bigger edge over Cal. Nebraska had 3 6'11 guys that having dendy would have helped. And the Morris twins scored 50 and had 24 against us. It's obvious that we need another post player this year. Dendy would have thrived in this system. He was a 4 star out of high school that committed to Clemson originally. He went to a great community college. He was a steal he just wasn't coached right. We need him more this year than we need Chris Allen next year. Why do we need 4 shooting guards next year compared to 1 or 2 solid posts this year? Chris Allen will be sick but we need Dendy more than him.
Also the question wasn't who was a bigger head case Dendy or Allen? People need to disregard that and think who would have helped us more as a team.
I'll take Chris Allen 100 times out of 100. Dendy had to be fetched by his JUCO coaches and fetched multiple times at Iowa State. Coaches weren't the issue. LaRon Dendy was the issue.
And Dendy was an atrocious defender. Could he occasionally block shots? Yep. But for every shot he blocked, he gave up an easy dunk for not rolling to help. JVB is a TON better defender than Dendy and JVB isn't exactly a lock down guy.
Dendy seemed to be a cancer on the team and could have gone M.I.A. at anytime. FH did a good job of cleaning out the McD bad seeds and starting over. I would not change the ISU current situation one bit. McD is gone and we see what he is doing over in Omaha and we have our new coach who is gone to finish this season with more wins that McD had in 4 years!
You're right, Dendy wasn't the most dependable while at ISU. However, I think you're mistaken to gloss over (not even acknowledge) the possibility that some of that was due to the previous coaching staff.
Have you ever played for a coach that was really an *** or tried to play mind games? It's not fun. Or, have you ever had a bad boss, or at least one who didn't attempt to understand or work with your skills in a way that really put them to maximum use? I'd prefer to give the young man the benefit of the doubt rather than commit the fallacy that because he had a few misgivings in the past, he was going to commit those same misgivings in the future.
Regardless, both you and I are just speculating and we won't ever know how Dendy truly would have performed / contributed to this team.
Like I said initially, I would lean toward taking Chris Allen over Dendy.
Just last game at CU. their coach complained about the rebounding of Lawson, who was their best player last year. I would think this underachieving effort would be handled privately within the team and not in the press. Sounds like there will be a lineup change and he may be coming off the bench. The beat goes on.
Looking forward to CFH magic for the next bball season, Georges style.
I say Dendy because we are extremely short and weak in the post this year and next year we are overloaded with shooting guards. If Dendy was on the team this year he would be our go to guy in the paint. Eric McKnight could red shirt this year. Jaime wouldn't always have to defend the opposing teams best post player and get in foul trouble. And Ejim could play his true position of a 3.
Chris Allen is gonna be a stud and is going to be awesome to have next year but honestly i don't think we need him as much as we need dendy this year. We will have Chris Babb, Scott, McGee and Odunsi all playing shooting guard next year. Don't get me wrong I'm psyched to have Chris Allen but with Dendy this year we could have been an NCAA tourney team this year i think.
Then when Railey was suspended and Scotty was injured there would have been another distraction on whether or not to pull Eric's red shirt. Half of the fan base would have been second guessing Fred's decision no matter which way he decided. If it was pulled, Eric would have missed out on the majority of the game experience he would have been able to get this year (the non-con games) and still have lost a year of eligibility.
Woulda, shoulda, coulda...
I think Eric's red shirt will be even more valuable next year. The coaches will have a whole bunch of Eric's game experience to reference while teaching him and he will have a very clear message exactly where he is as a Big 12 player (a long way to go*). That realization is not always there for a player that comes straight from high school to a red shirt. Some of them think they don't have that much to learn. Finally, he shouldn't become frustrated next year if red shirt because there wouldn't be a lot of minutes for him. I suppose we can get really optimistic that there will be a lot of 40 point blow outs in 2011-12.
*This is not a slam on Eric. He is a great kid who can do great things in this program, but it is going to take hard work and an open mind.
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