Ignatius Basketball

Myron

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Ignatius should always have better talent than the public schools. For Rhodes to beat them twice says something. By the way Parma had Rhodes beat until they missed 2 for throws. I wish Cam all the best......but for him to get the ignatius job last spring says something good or bad about the process. Bottom line is Ignatius will always have talent and win. Go judge the coach if he can develop a program at Sheffield brook side, Amherst, Wellington, etc.....with the talent Ignatius has their bottom 7 guys could win 15 games in the SWC
Meh, not sure Ignatius’ last seven could go 15-3 in The SWC, but they’d be a tough out every single night. You’re so correct on judging coaching ability by how one does with limited, run-of-the-mill talent: I’m hard-pressed to find a coach whose public school success has matched his success with a private school
 
Let's use some simple logic here and take out the emotion. A few of these posters seem to be in the Iggy staff or work at the school.

1) Cam Joyce was an "out of the box" choice because the admin (primarily the president and this fr sheldon guy ) thought it woudl be cutting edge and would transform the culture at the school - which is their mission (whatever that means).

2) CJ is likely a nice young man and has a good bball pedigree -- playing and and as a staff member at a couple colleges -- NO HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE - limites experience as an assistant. I suspect if he works hard and learns from his mistakes, he could be a good HS coach.
COACHING matters in high school.

3) The results are EXACTLY what any rational person would expect - very average - because the coach is inexperienced and he did not help himself by bringing in equally inexperienced and also non-Ignatius assistants; setting aside Isabella who played sparingly in HS, and also brings ZERO coaching experience at any level. His father works at the school and is personal friends with the Joyce family (a helluva a way to choose a staff).

4) The school caught a lot of of grief for passing on a number of experien candidates -- caucassian and affrican american - who were alums as well. And the school has exhausted themselves (to the point of being defensive) promoting Cam Joyce as the next coming of John Wooden. Articles, twitter, videos, etc. (Thoud dost protest too much). Unfair to the young man to put him in that position.


5) This is/was not an untalented team. Toppin is one of the top guards in the state. Lot's of athletes and players that many coached would kill for

So what are the results?

- a mixed-up line up all season.
- no clear offensive strategy
- 2 bad losses to eds - be thankful they did not play them a third time.
- 2 losses to a senate team --- should have won both - a better coach wins both
- btw - ignatius had not lost to a senate team in 25 years - this team loses twice in 30 days
- a poor coaching games VS rhodes -- Igantius got outcoached -- pure and simple - end of story (that is part of the learning experience).
- bad losses to CCC, c heights..
- a decent win vs mckinley might be the highlight of the season.
- a run up the score victory vs collinwood that bordered on bad sportsmanship.

All the while a depleted Solon team plays for a district title and Ed's looks like favorites to win the state.

The first step in making change is recognizing yoiu have a problem --- I suspect the school may know they have a problem, but does not want to admit they made a mistake.

Is this the end fo the world ? No it is not -- it is HS basketball. But with 1500 boys and a price tag of 18K per year, and for the school to beg for donations on a regular basis from alums -- striving for excellence is expected - not making excuses for mediocrity. And that is what Igantius is doing -- making excuses for Cam Joyce to save face.
 
Go check the ledger in hoops dating back to 96-97 when Ed’s hired a coach with very little experience to run the show there. It’s not pretty for the Wildcats over that span head to head, trust me. Losing to Ed’s twice is supposed to be some sort of indictment? Cam has something in common with Becker and O’Toole then because it happened often. This Ignatius team was going to be hard pressed to beat Ed’s this season regardless of who was on the bench.

Your Senate stat proves what? Rhodes has a nice team, anybody in the area that pays attention would tell you that. Both games could have gone either way. That is high school basketball for you.

You do realize that Ignatius hasn’t exactly been a Regional regular since winning state in 2001 right?
 
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Comparing CJ hire to Flannery is apples and oranges -- no - apples and hammers. No comparison. Flannery a) attended Ed's, b) worked as assistant there, c) if I am not mistaked was JV or freshman HC coach for a while. That is called EXPERIENCE. (It is also the path Tom Parker was on). He had people mentoring him and also evaluating him. Huge difference. No different than a corporation. Ignatius gave the keys to the program to an unproven guy, with no experience, but with some potential. And maybe you shoudl walk down the hall and down a few steps to the Atheltic office and you will find that Brian Becker has a career winning record vs Ed's.
It wa a very average season and the team underperformed. That is a pure fact. Rhodes? Give me a break. They had 2 good players and one very good player. But they only played 5 kids and Igantius was able to score a total of what, 9 points in the 4th quarter and ovevrtime ? They should have and could have exhausted them using the better athletes on their roster. Instead, Rhodes ran off like 5 minutes off the clock in OT and the 4q and controlled the game after Igantius had two double digit leads in the second half - that is just the start of the coaching mishaps. Not the end of the world here guys ... but facts are facts. Let's not reinvent the facts to protect the Igantius narrative. Hope he gains some expereince and sticks around and listens and learns. A good start would be a staff that can help him -- not his AAU buddies and family friends. We all make mistakes - but not all learn from mistakes -- hoping he does.
 

Myboyblue

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Iggy has gone to the sweet 16 in 2010 and 2016, before that they won in 2001, they went to elite 8 in 2000, 1999 and runner up in 1998. I think the numbers could have been higher since 2010 If Iggy didn't put Ed's and Iggy in same district to make sure one is eliminated. Some of those years that Iggy lost to Eds they would have easily won any other district. As far as being mediocre that is not true, Becker has a decent record vs Eds I believe it is near 500 or better but O'Toole struggled vs Flannery. If you can't split with Flannery then you are probably winning most of your other games. If you good look back at Iggy's record the last 10 years it is not average just happened to be put into a district with Eds. Last 2 years to lose to Brecksville and Rhodes and not even make the district final just doesn't cut it. Ed's shot 1-20 from 3 vs Rhodes and still won by 20, it was a 8-10 point game most of the night, If Iggy gets past Rhodes they would have had a lot better shot vs Eds than Rhodes. Some of the Eds coaches I talked to said for sure they would rather have played Rhodes than Iggy a third time so there was talent on this team for sure.
 
Any expectations for the season this year? Will need to replace a lot of scoring and ball handling with the graduation of Toppin. There was very little depth among lead ballhandlers last season.

There are at least a few changes to schedule. Canton McKinley is (disappointingly) off, and Shaker Heights has been added. I don’t think we’ve played Shaker since Esa Ahmad knocked the Francisco Santiago and Derek Sloan-led team out of the playoffs.
 
Any expectations for the season this year? Will need to replace a lot of scoring and ball handling with the graduation of Toppin. There was very little depth among lead ballhandlers last season.

There are at least a few changes to schedule. Canton McKinley is (disappointingly) off, and Shaker Heights has been added. I don’t think we’ve played Shaker since Esa Ahmad knocked the Francisco Santiago and Derek Sloan-led team out of the playoffs.
Some very very good young talent incoming this year. The strength of the team will likely be the bigs with Henry Raynor, Will Yontek, CJ Yarian, and Shondo Green. Great size coming back.

As far as guards, the Cats will be young. Senior Mike Mattimore should be solid. Look out for junior Jon Effertz and sophomore Braydn Szczepaniak. You may see a freshman or two on the roster this season.
 

SVillegrad

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Some very very good young talent incoming this year. The strength of the team will likely be the bigs with Henry Raynor, Will Yontek, CJ Yarian, and Shondo Green. Great size coming back.

As far as guards, the Cats will be young. Senior Mike Mattimore should be solid. Look out for junior Jon Effertz and sophomore Braydn Szczepaniak. You may see a freshman or two on the roster this season.
How is sophomore Tristan Marshall coming along? He needs to keep working his offensive game, but love how he plays and his motor. Saw some good things this summer against some pretty good competition.
 
How is sophomore Tristan Marshall coming along? He needs to keep working his offensive game, but love how he plays and his motor. Saw some good things this summer against some pretty good competition.
Really liked what I saw from Marshall on the defensive end last season. I’d expect him to be on the Varsity this year, although it will be tough to crack the lineup with Raynor, Yontek, Yarian, and Green in the frontcourt.
 

SVillegrad

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Really liked what I saw from Marshall on the defensive end last season. I’d expect him to be on the Varsity this year, although it will be tough to crack the lineup with Raynor, Yontek, Yarian, and Green in the frontcourt.
Yeah. Great kid too, fwiw. A couple more inches and he has the ability, if nothing else, to at least be one of the best defensive big men in NEO. Gets off the ground quick and has very good length.
 
Ignatius will play Trotwood Madison at Flyin’ to the Hoop this year. I don’t think the Cats have played in this event since the O’Toole years. Should be a nice matchup. The Rams will have a talented squad this year with a couple good guards transferring in.
 
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