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Seattle Hoo

Who am I? HOO am I. Seattle Hoo is the moniker I go by now. I have been a fan of University of Virginia men's basketball since fall of 1980, when at the age of 14 I had been moved to southeastern Virginia by the whims of my parents, and the UNCheat fans in the neighborhood reminded me far too much of the Dallas Cowboys fans in my neighborhood in Connecticut. Having been a Giants fan in Connecticut, my visceral revulsion of those little bastards pushed me to adopt the home team. This push was aided by my being a huge Thomas Jefferson fan, and by having read a Sports Illustrated article on Ralph Sampson in March. I wasn't really a basketball fan before moving to Virginia, but it being the Golden Age of ACC Hoops, I was quickly sucked in by the quality and grace of the game, and the passion of the fans.

Being a law student who chose to stay local upon graduation, I took in all the home games in the 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. I believe I was the first online content provider to obtain press access to UVA Basketball, when I started HOOpS Online and Rich Murray of the SID was kind enough to extend me credentials. HOOpS Online succumbed after a couple of years to the need to make a living for my family, but the passion for publishing and for UVA hoops has never subsided.

My personal perspective on sports tends to be from the head coach point of view. As a kid, I clued in very early that I would never be a player (small and slow with poor manual dexterity and agility is not a good combination for athletics), but loved sports and gravitated toward the strategic, tactical and player management aspects of the games. As an adult, I wound up coaching kids for fourteen years - first basketball, then soccer. My first coaching experience was in the Charlottesville City rec league’s 13-15 age group, where we won the championship by second year and advanced to the championship game my last. Coaching that group of kids was one of the highlights of my adulthood. Coaching U-12 premier soccer and U-14 advanced rec soccer in Hampton Roads, Virginia, was another. The psychology of coaching is my particular interest.

Seattle Hoo's Articles:

The Quinerly Hoos

Posted on July 21, 2017, by Seattle Hoo in Recruiting.

It is no secret that a point guard like Jahvon Quinerly is Tony Bennett's number one priority recruit in the 2018 class.  Quinerly is the type of alpha guard Bennett has been chasing for years, and might be the best of all of them.  The young man from Hudson Catholic in New Jersey and Sports U AAU is elite at the three things you want from a point guard: getting to the rim and finishing; distributing the ball; and three-point shooting.  Other prospects being recruited by the Hoos have similar abilities.  David Duke, Devon Dotson, Jaelin Llewellyn, Marcus Zegarowski, Andrew Nembhard, among others - all can get to the rim or hit the three and all are excellent distributors of the basketball.

A point guard like Quinerly - or Duke or Dotson or Llewellyn or Zegarowski or Nembhard - is key to Bennett being able to run the type of spread offense he has talked about admiring from Golden State.  Quinerly would be the Curry in that equation, with his ability to break ...

Stallball My Ass

Posted on July 13, 2017, by Seattle Hoo in Blog.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not against the Bennett Rules to shoot the ball in the first ten seconds of the shot clock

Dribble Drive Teaser

Posted on July 12, 2017, by Seattle Hoo in Blog.

Just threw this video together from the clips assembled for the State of the Nation video essay on the offense.

Hoo says you can't create off the dribble in the Virginia system?

The video essay should be ready in about two weeks.