With all the new faces on the team, it's tough to really get a good read on how they're coming together. It will be easier next year when I'm able to recognize the guys and know who has what strengths and weaknesses. For now, however, they seem to play rather well together, despite never having played together. This team looks better than any team Utah has had over the last 8 years or so.
Loveridge is the real deal. The kid has a heckuva body for only being barely 19 years old. If he allows himself to be coached - and there's no reason to think he won't - he's going to remind us of what kind of players used to be here.
Dubois likes to go to the rim. I like that. It seems like it's been forever since Utah has had a guard that can get to the rim.
Bachynski is fun to watch and will only get better. I don't see him being the best player on the team, but he sure reminds me a lot of Doleac when Doleac was a freshman and sophomore - smart and effective at what he does.
Washburn is still goofy looking. He doesn't seem like he's gotten any better since he arrived, but he is still the player who is most fun to watch when sitting on the bench.
I really didn't pay much attention to anyone else in particular, but the team as a whole is coming together. I don't see them making much noise in conference play, but they won't be the worst team at all in the league. I think in two years or so, this team will be very solid with Loveridge and Bachynski only getting better and leading the team to the Big Dance. That's right, I'm calling it right now. Utes go dancing in the '14-'15 season.
Finally, parking still sucks. There's that rather large but empty parking garage across the street from the HC. Here's my idea for the U about being a bit more accommodating for the fans. Let everyone park there. If I don't have the correct pass, charge me $10. That accomplishes 3 things:
1. There will be convenient parking for fans at a Utah sporting event.
2. It will generate some kind of revenue - even if it's a very small amount - but revenue is revenue.
3. It will justify the parking garage existing. If it's always empty, why the heck is it there?
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