No, seriously; they were.
Of course, all recruits get hyped, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. I mean, Big Dave Nyarsuk is going to leave the Bearcats as the tallest player in the history of the program. That's something, right?
It's hard to argue, though, that the tenure of Big Dave fulfilled everything Bearcat fans wanted at the time he was signed. And I'm here to say there's nothing wrong with that...
He worked hard while here. Hell, he dedicated himself to add muscle/weight this past off-season, and Coach Cronin sung his praises for all of his hard work.
Kudos to Dave for sticking things out. He's filled some tough, tough minutes for the 'Cats, and, in some cases, helped secure a couple victories - all while being an exceptional guy and teammate. That, right there, is awesome, and it's something you can't say about every player on this roster.
- @ PITT 2012: Big Dave's Big East debut was clutch. He secured 3 offensive rebounds in the second half, and slammed home a bucket to give then #14 Cincinnati the victory in Pittsburgh. Regarding his dunk, Cashmere said after the game, "It was a big time play by the big man."
- UCONN 2013: With the Bearcats down 4 in the second half, Dave blocked back-to-back shots and then grabbed 2 offensive boards - resulting in a 10-2 run in favor of Cincinnati. The Bearcats never trailed after that and beat the Huskies.
- @ TEMPLE 2014: Justin Jackson goes down with an injury just 6 minutes into the game. Nyarsuk holds his own, logging 20 minutes and records 4 points and 2 blocks as the Bearcats escape Philly with a 4 point win.
I'll be in my seat at least 30 minutes before tip-off this Thursday to give Big Dave a standing ovation. All 5'11" of me.