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Saturday, April 28, 2007

More on George Barbour from his high school coach

This from his high school coach - George Tachibana....

He started off with..""Let me tell you about this kid...""

Here are the highlights of what he said:

""He was averaging about 20 points and 12 rebounds in less than 20 minutes. He completely changed our team when he was there, but he was gone for most of the season. He would easily have been All-Area, all-accolades, all awards, but he was injured.

""He was a relative unknown (going inot this year) because three of our guys from last year's team went on to play college ball somewhere. George was a force for us, starting about half the games. This year was really going to be his break out season.

""The reason he was under recruited was because no one knew about him. The Monmouth coaches, to their credit, had a connection out here and when they were looking for good big men people referred them, "Take a look at this kid from Torrance.' ''

""Basically they got him to commit before he hit the (spring) AAU circuit. At the games three of four schools came down and spoke with him, Boston U. West Point, Fla. Atlantic, and he's had 10-20 schools all looking at him and waiting for him to start playing AAU.

(After he visited Monmouth) ""That was his first official visit anywhere. He really liked the campus, the coaches, he got to play some pick up ball with the players, and through all that decicded "I feel really good about this.'

""The big thing was, "Would be be OK back East." He's from the West Coast and once he got there it was like, "Oh, I can easily live out there.'

""He's good now but as his game polishes he has all the athletic tools. It should be exciting to watch him go grow and get better. The sky's the limit for him.''


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Got a good feeling about this kid (Barbour).

What do you think about my projected starting team for next year (1st reserve listed afterwards)? I admit it's pretty much guesswork right now, but here goes:

C Dobriansky (Gately)
PF Crews (Barbour)
SF Coleman (Rutledge)
SG Youngblood (Simpson)
PG Shipman (Hett)

A young, inexperienced team, but with some promise. Let's hope!

7:44 PM, April 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I would say you're on target and that MU will field what could be construed as a 3-guard alignment much of the time and maybe even four guards with Rutldge mixed in there and just one big man, whoever that may be.

I might be tempted to even place Barbour over Crews. A lot will depend on preseason, and with such a young team roles may change as they go along.

Many roster parts appear to be inter changeable.

10:45 PM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the lineup....

PG- Hett

6th man- Crews

I dont think Mike Shipman will factor in at all. Just the facts..

11:13 PM, April 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re Shipman: Unless there are academic issues MU fans should hope he is a of three - THREE - players with experience..

As it appears now they need 2-4 of the new players (I include Crews here) to make significant contributions right off the top of my head nominees would be - Barbour, Rutledge, Crews, Hett.

10:16 AM, April 29, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

They also need Dobriansky to offer a presence at center ....

10:17 AM, April 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh right TG, you have been to practice you know exactly how much who is gonna really contribute. Not much has changed from then til now. We need a real recruiter because it is getting worse not better. Now we are picking up less desirables and injuree's come on now. Never the less to cover two scholarships earlier in positions we have covered. GEEEEESE!!!@@@

12:01 PM, April 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MU has 0 scholarships for next year.

Unless there is a red-shirt among the incoming freshmen, they will field a team with 6 freshmen this year. That means in 4 years they will have 6 scholarships available.

I don't know how you break this weird cycle they've gotten into, but it doesn't say much for team stability. One year 0 freshmen, another year 6!!!

2:15 PM, April 29, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

From this class who is less desireable and who is injured? Barbour is said to be 100 percent.

All four recruits are said to be good students. Barbour had interest from Army.

I'm certainly not saying I KNOW who is going to contribute..especially right away.

Basing my opinions on what I have been told or have attemped to learn about these players. I have never seen any of them play.

2:24 PM, April 29, 2007  

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