Progress of David Hinton?

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Anyone know the status of this upcoming 6' 8" sophmore and what type of off-season progress he might have made? Any chance he can contribute any playing time to allow our other bigs a breather?
 
RamJamFan said:
Anyone know the status of this upcoming 6' 8" sophmore and what type of off-season progress he might have made? Any chance he can contribute any playing time to allow our other bigs a breather?

FYI, Hinton redshirted last season, so he should have frosh eligibility.
 
I thought Hinton was a walk on. How do you redshirt if you are a walk on?
 
BradRamFan said:
I thought Hinton was a walk on. How do you redshirt if you are a walk on?
By him not setting a foot on the floor during last year's season.
 
BradRamFan said:
I thought Hinton was a walk on. How do you redshirt if you are a walk on?

We did it with Terrell Elliston a couple years ago also...gives the coaches an extra year with a FREE practice player.
 
BradRamFan said:
I thought Hinton was a walk on. How do you redshirt if you are a walk on?
Yeah, what they said. Red shirting is an eligibility thing rather than a scholarship thing. Several speculated that he red shirted last year because he might one day be good enough to earn some decent playing time. I have never seen him play other than shoot arounds before games, but there should be a few guys on here that have seen him practice or play in pick up games recently that might be able to provide some inside on any progress.
 
Emit Remmus said:
BradRamFan said:
I thought Hinton was a walk on. How do you redshirt if you are a walk on?

We did it with Terrell Elliston a couple years ago also...gives the coaches an extra year with a FREE practice player.

I'm sure David's parents will pay for a 5th year of college just so VCU has a FREE practice player. :roll:
 
RamJamFan said:
Anyone know the status of this upcoming 6' 8" sophmore and what type of off-season progress he might have made? Any chance he can contribute any playing time to allow our other bigs a breather?

I've seen Hinton play in a team scrimmage and he can contribute enough to give the big guys a breather.
 
As I said before...David Hinton is the Next NEIL WAKE!!!!!! Hustle king! ;)
 
Not saying the kid will not see some time this year, but I think it will be hard with Sanders, Pischilanikov, Skeen and Saintil in front of him. Maybe he'll see enough early season action (before Skeen is eligible) that he'll draw some minutes throughout the season. It's just going to be hard for him IMO.
 
Rambunctious said:
Not saying the kid will not see some time this year, but I think it will be hard with Sanders, Pischilanikov, Skeen and Saintil in front of him. Maybe he'll see enough early season action (before Skeen is eligible) that he'll draw some minutes throughout the season. It's just going to be hard for him IMO.
I suspect you could be right about next year, but he still has 4 years of eligibility. As a walk-on anything he can provide is a bonus, but it sounds like he could contribute in the years to come. Yes, all of those names you mentioned are ahead of him, but those are good players to be able to practice with as well. Hopefully it will not be an issue this year, but you never know when injuries or transfers are going to leave you with a short bench the way it did last year. Hopefully Mr. Hinton is enjoying his time at VCU and is working hard to make the most of any opprotunity that comes his way.
 
You've got to question the sanity of anyone - assuming they have a semblance of marketability - who would agree to walk-on status for more than one season. Practice, practice, practice, with no reward? Gimme a break.

It's difficult enough being a full-scholarship player from a previous coaching staff ... now imagine the lack of status of a walk-on extra from a now-departed coach.

I view Hinton's '09 walk-on experience as little more than a "prep season" - like going to Fork Union or Hargrave to hone his skills with no loss of eligibility. It's far more rewarding than going JUCO because he's still got four years to sell to his next "buyer."

The lanky North Carolinian gained the experience of working with legitimate D-1 athletes; now he should look for a comfortable D-2, D-3, NAIA landing spot where he'll have four years to carve a reputation for himself.

At VCU, he's little more than a blocking dummie - and that won't change because whoever is the coach (keep in mind, VCU has had a remarkable four this decade) will continue to recruit over him, like he doesn't exist.
 
bighorn said:
At VCU, he's little more than a blocking dummie - and that won't change because whoever is the coach (keep in mind, VCU has had a remarkable four this decade) will continue to recruit over him, like he doesn't exist.

That is awfully dismissive and, in my opinion, displays a complete lack of respect for a player that has already given one year of service (and tuition) to VCU. A player that will be returning for another season this fall. Most of all, a player that you have never seen in a game situation.
 
X, you say "disrespectful." I say I'm looking out for the young man's best intentions.

If he were my son, I'd advise him to transfer to Fayetteville State, J.C. Smith, or Virginia Union, where his achievements might lead to a points/rebounds legacy - not a sit-the-bench legacy.

He's paid his dues, in full, at VCU.

In the long history of walk-ons on the Rams' campus - I'm talking nearly 40 years - I only know of two "walk-ons" who actually made an impact.

That would be Wes Carmack and Jesse Pellot-Rosa, and in both cases they saw they were clearly in line for front-line duty, and I question they paid more than a pittance in their "qualifying seasons."

David ... if you're listening, I have the phone number for coach Willard Coker at Viginia Union.

I will say this, though; X- you seem to have a combative gene, at least toward me; I relish that. Bring it on, big guy.
 
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