June 30, 2014
Burg Blog #2 (June 30, 2014)
Greetings everyone and welcome to Burg Blog No. 2. Due to the outpour of positive feedback, I’m back at it again for another post.
Now, I know most of you only want to know about the doings in my own life (since I’m the most interesting member of the team of course), but this edition will mostly be about my teammates. All of whom don’t read this; so this should be fun. Starting with the newcomers:
Jakeenan Gant- Jakeenan is the most well rounded freshman I’ve seen since I’ve been here. His shooting ability and athleticism are well beyond his years. He is someone Mizzou fans should be extremely excited about. The only downside is his name. In practice, “JA-KEE-NAN” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. So, I’m changing your name. Please feel free to submit nicknames for Jakeenan to me on twitter.
Namon Wright- The similarities between Namon and Kim English are scary. The lights out shooting ability is what first helped me make the comparison. But, the basketball IQ and team-first mentality solidified it. On top of all that, they both have strange names.
D’Angelo Allen- D.A. is a freak athlete. He has already had his fair share of poster dunks in the few weeks he’s been on campus. But, that’s not the most impressive thing about him. Most people take pride in their jump shot, but D.A. takes pride in his defense. There’s this tall guy with gray hair and a deep voice that likes defense too, so I think they’ll get along nicely.
Also, last week was our very first individual camp of the summer. This may be my favorite part of being a Mizzou basketball player. It’s crazy the flashbacks I get while coaching these young kids, because it feels like yesterday I was at the camp myself. I remember idolizing the players and hanging on to every word they said to me. It’s unbelievable that I became one of them. I can only hope a few of them feel the same about me. But, I doubt it, because they probably think I look old enough to be a coach (see receding hairline). But in all seriousness, if you haven’t signed your kids up, do it, so I can destroy them in knockout.
Lastly, a huge shout-out to Jordan Clarkson for getting drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers. Jordan is used to playing with superstars like me, so playing alongside Kobe (Bryant) will be an easy transition.
Jabari Brown is one of the most motivated and hardworking teammates I’ve ever had. The only explanation I can think of is that most scouts don’t have cable… Or maybe they missed the Kentucky game when he had 33 against first round talent. That being said, I know Jabari will take advantage of his opportunity with the Houston Rockets and have a successful NBA career.
Love you my dudes, and don’t forget that I had more dunks than both of you combined last year!
Thanks for reading my Blog and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with some more musings around Mizzou Basketball. Follow me on twitter @RyRos44 and let me know what you would like to hear about!
Burg Blog #1 (June 12, 2014)
Hello Mizzou Nation, and welcome to the very first edition of the Burg Blog: a first-hand look into the world of Missouri Basketball. I hope to provide you weekly insights, behind the scenes coverage, and a few personal opinions which should be adopted by you immediately.
First let me introduce myself. My names Ryan Rosburg, but most of you probably know me as the tall white kid with the receding hairline. I'm heading into my junior year at Missouri, and currently a Marketing major. It's crazy to think that I have been at Mizzou longer than anyone on the current roster. It seems like just yesterday Phil Presseywas throwing me ridiculous behind the back passes and having them bounce off my head.
Now, onto the good stuff... Anyone who follows Missouri Basketball is aware of the whirlwind of unexpected events that transpired in recent weeks. I must say, as a player, I was completely blindsided and caught off guard with what happened. With that being said, I have nothing but respect for Coach Haith and everything he's done for me. The man taught me so much on and off the court, and I can only thank him for an amazing two years. I wish him nothing but the best going forward and I know we will stay in touch.
After we got word of the coaching vacancy, I decided to start my own coaching search. I had the pleasure of knowing Coach Anderson when I was in high school, and he quickly became my leading candidate for the job. From what I knew about him, he was just what we needed. The following week consisted of checking twitter constantly trying to figure out who we were getting. A few of us players even got desperate and met with Mike Alden to try to get any inside scoop. The rest is history and we got word that Kim Andersonwould be our new coach.
Since Coach Anderson stepped foot on campus, he's been preaching the need to create a new culture of Missouri Basketball. A culture of toughness, togetherness, and most importantly, defense. There is no doubt that the man is passionate about Missouri Basketball and as a player, he's so easy to relate to and believe in because he has literally been in our shoes. I truly believe this is his dream destination, and he's the perfect man for the job. I knew a lot of things were about to change. A few examples:
1. Every morning at 8 am we have a full team/staff breakfast. This wouldn't be very unique except for the fact that no one is allowed to use their cell phones. This gives us a chance to actually get to know each other and build a trust amongst the players and coaches.
2. Since coach has been here we've had a handful of workouts, and are yet to learn one offensive play. Workouts are based entirely on defense and playing our butts off.
3. If you're not 15 minutes early, you're late.
4. In practice, if there is a loose ball, you better dive after it.
My favorite Coach Anderson moment thus far took place before one of our workouts. Coach was shooting around with some of the guys, and out of nowhere pulled out a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar running sky hook and sunk it smoothly. He then proceeded to say under his breath, "And they said I'm too old to coach." Even though he's old enough to be my Grandpa (it was a joke, don't make me run coach), I'd put money on him in a D1 coaches 1 on 1 tournament.
Follow me on twitter @RyRos44 and let me know what you want to hear about! Or just follow me cause I could use more followers.
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