Boy, you drive out to your alma mater (ND)for a reunion and the news you've been waiting for hits while you're on Route 80! And then you don't stop laughing and talking for 72 hours.....
The quote from Jessica that stands out to me is this one:
“Notre Dame has a post coach that is second to none and considered the best in the country,” Shepard said. “My skills fit into the offense they run and that offense will allow me to play on the perimeter and in the post.”
- Carol Owens was (at the very least) an upgrade for her. Sure Brianna has talked to her about this. Her relationship with B.T. was and will be critical for acclimation.
- Where she plays. Based on the clips I've seen I've always thought of her as someone equally comfortable pounding away or coming out for the elbow or wing jumper.
- What I really like is her willingness to rebound.
All in all, great get.
After recovering from this, I'll pull together an updated '18 list for pre-summer.
but where I may have reservations, you seem comfortable. Don't get me wrong, I'm amazed at the play of Jessica Shepard and ecstatic she will be playing for Notre Dame, but I thought she would have to be more discipline in her shot selection and play more like a traditional post or 4. Now you're praising the idea she will be able to play the perimeter with Carol Owens' approval—Indeed, a principle reason she came here.
Now I don't for a moment believe that Erin left because she was pressured not to play the perimeter on offense, (she obviously had free reign), but Jessica is not the 3-pt. shooter that Erin is. I like your post and am curious why you think Carol Owens will encourage Jessica to play the perimeter?
By the way, how was the weather and the gathering?
I'm basing my comments on this quote, as well as previously mentioned clips:
“My skills fit into the offense they run and that offense will allow me to play on the perimeter and in the post.” -- Jessica Shepard
My thinking is based more on Kat than Erin. Goes like this....
Do you know the way Kat generally starts at the foul line, but sometimes goes down low (particularly when Bri or Koko is not in), or out of the lane to the baseline or the wing (which I think of as being in the land 45-degrees between post/elbow and baseline)?
Kat does this in an orderly fashion by design and feel. Once or twice she'll surprise Coach and pop a three, but she seems to know her range pretty well.
Shepard can do this, too, but she frequents the lane from high to low post. Against some teams she'll be a beast down low both on "O" and on bhe boards. Yet she can do the perimeter jumper...in fact, she likes it. However, I'll bet a beer-tent that MM has the Kat-like range in mind, not Erin's 3-point bombs.
Sheppard -- and Chartrice White to a degree - took a lot of three's at Nebraska and Illinois, respectively, in part because there were not a lot of other options on their last years at the respective teams. That freedom and range changed for White at FSU where I rarely saw her outside of the post. For Jessica, I'll think she'll play more within the confines of the offense and what the defense gives her -- the latter helped along by her teammates creating open space. If she can accept and adjust on the fly, I think there will be a lot of options there. Plus she has her post game to fall back on, not only defensively but rebounding, which is something she does well.
The weather at reunion could not have been more perfect from Thursday evening until the time we rolled out at 8 a.m. on Sunday: clear, not-humid, sunny and temps from 70 to 84. Save for open-houses, spent a lot of time outdoors. Bicycled out to the numerous new far reaches (farquaads, to borrow the phrase from the ND alums who created Shrek) of campus. Gosh, there could be a new zip code past the library. Only started raining in Ohio on trip back east.
Digger Phelps gave the keynote for our class dinner, focusing on his new book on Fr. Hesburgh. He was on his game. We had more than 400+ attendees, which is more than 1/4 of the current class. Good time.
she lacks the size and physicality to bang down low with the strongest low post players. Shepard can give us what Kat provides, plus the physical presence in the low post.
as you and ram have brought up (her rebounding numbers are solid). I was making the -sion initially based on JS's differences to, say, Erin, primarily on in the offensive scheme and skill set. Also factored in that if Shepard gets on the court with Bri, she'd probably be the one to move around the floor more often.
However, all of the points raised both hold and standout if she's the main cog in the post (after Bri graduates).
and a little more bulk will help a lot in the battle in the paint.
Shepard also is a very good passer.
The weather at Reunion was absolutely fantastic!
Early forecasts had 80% chance of rain on the weekend - it never showed (or if it did, I was unaware - which may be because of the "gathering" - sometimes college days are recreated)
are you an arkie (I'm going by the '78) tag?
It was beyond splendid....of course I paid for it when my travling buddies and I drove though Pennsylvania in rain and fog.
And I know a bunch of guys who were in Dillonsucks (I always thought that was one word)
Only downside (besides Reunion ending) was learning there are now 98 from the class of '77 no longer with us.
Our classmate (I still claim '77 as well), Cindy Parseghian's speech at the awards after the All Class Mass made the entire audience cry
and saw another two of my former Observer colleagues have passed.
Didn't have time to read most posts made between Thursday and Sunday evening due to travel to/from and time at the Reunion.
Glad you have a good time, as well.
BTW, I'm friends with a large amount of arkies, mostly from the south quad, including former Dillon- and Alumni- sucks residents.
I know less about the ins and outs of ND WBB that a lot of you who write on this board.
Frequently, when a new recruit has given her verbal commitment, we see an "Irish Eyes Are Smiling" on the UND - Sports - W Basketball - News - Recruits - WBB Team on Twitter.
We haven't seen that yet for Jessica Shephard. Anybody have an explanation? A clue?