So I made the trip down to Hokes Bluff . I have never disputed the fact that watching the game live changes things . Changed my view of Alabama high school BB . Joe Tiller played Basketball on grass well in Alabama they play football on hardwood . I walked into the HB gym and Isaac was warming up . I was dressed in my Purdue best . Just at the edge of the court in a cozy chair sat this elderly gentleman he bellowed out to me you a coach ? No I replied just a fan " well ok " . After shaking his huge paw I discover he was the football coach for HB . As I stood there trying to watch Isaac go thru warm ups fan after fan came up to me and I swear they must have passed out cards . " You all are getting a good one on and off the court " The kid is beloved in this small town to say the least . As I stood there and listened to the old coach tell me how 7'2 Isaac had made a mistake by quitting football . " Which has never been the same since Bear Bryant " . I noticed Isaac was wearing a Rib protector I asked the old coach if he had hurt his ribs no replied the coach . "That's where they hit him the most " " They had him peeing blood after one game " WHAT ?
So the game started Isaac won the tip sprinted down the middle lob pass to Isaac count it . Next time down Isaac was wearing a couple of kids . One a Nose guard playing BB I would say 6'5 and 230 another 6'3 and 160 . HB missed the shot Isaac went up for the rebound . Pow the nose guard took his elbow and with all the force he could muster he jammed Isaac's exposed ribs . I couldn't believe he didn't break a few of them . Isaac bent over in pain looked at the ref who was all of six inches away and looked right at the assault . No call . I turned to the coach and said how can they not call that . Isaac will fix it himself he replied . Next time down the fans are cheering "GET HIM ISAAC" the old coach is screaming Take his head off Isaac . What ? So Isaac goes up for the rebound comes down with it and flings this elbow connects right on the nose guards jaw . He fell to the court assumed the fetal position " I thought I saw him insert his thumb into his mouth ' and just layed there Isaac and the ref both stepped over him play on . The crowd erupted in cheer " That's what you get " What ? If he had done this for us he would have been evicted and Probably suspended for a few . It was vicious I wish I was better at describing it . The nose guard laid there until the ref stopped play at a dead ball . The nose guard did return to game after the first quarter wearing a newly acquired shiner and swollen face . He never threw another elbow .
I moved to sit with one of my twitter follows . He had secured me a seat at half court . The game was filled with foul after foul but few calls . This was an all out war last man standing wins . The Hokes Bluff side of the gym was completely filled . The visitor side maybe had 50 people . The HB fans continued to scream out their displeasure with the ref's some of them stuck with me " Hey ref how about I come down and hit you like that " They lady was probably in her 50's . " Take his head off " and so on . The game was never really in doubt as Hokes Bluff has Isaac he does a lot more than score . He rebounds , blocks or alters any shot near him , calls out the sets and switches . The most shocking part of his game is how well he passes it out of the post while wearing two or three defenders . He showed good foot work and a sweet drop step move . The guy averages like 27 or so per but this night he chose to defer to his teammates if they were going to double and triple him they would have to pay . Isaac exited early his team up by ten the finial 44-40 . They banged on Isaac and undercut him all night . I spent the whole game wanting them to take him out . As I was sure he would be injured . The fans I sat with just wanted me to shut up with the take him out chants .
Isaac is a highly skilled big man with soft hands . He will play well for us . I am a little disappointed that Branden Dawson will be gone . I would love to see him punch Isaac . Isaac is no Travis Carrol . But he must turn it down more than a few notches . I have only watched him play this game so take it with a grain of salt . Special thanks from me to the Coleman and York families great people who treated me like family . I had a great trip because of them .