Agreed, I’d say get off the ledge 90, but I think you have every bit of good reason to be opening the window and peeking over to see how far the fall might be! In all seriousness, 90, you’re tapped into my inner thoughts buddy, as I had a long drive into work today I was thinking about this very same topic. I totally agree with you in that we had high hopes for this class and we realized that this was the bridge year, this years class is the one the staff had to get right. In part because of the big 3 graduating after this season, and in part because the class above them doesn’t project at this time to have any all league players at this point in time. With that as the backdrop, it is impossible to give a score other then an incomplete at this point in time, which is why I want you back in your bedroom and away from the window. Clearly not the grade we wanted, but we’re only 3 games in, so let’s let this play out(Rich has to be impressed with my last paragraph, pretty sure that is most sane crap I’ve written in long time)!
Let’s start at the top.
DC – By far and away the biggest shock right now in the 12-13 season, that is if you get by the fact that we’re playing 2 schollies down in the best player to ever step foot on campuses last season! Had to throw that in there. But in all seriousness, this is really really shocking to me. I’ll put my name on this one 90, I was one of the guys on here that was very high on DC, not afraid to admit it one bit. I watched a lot of tape on DC, and came away impressed. He came from a good bball state, nice pedigree with the king james aau gig, and put up nice numbers in high school against some decent competition. He had a college ready frame, and work ethic that is off the charts. DC is a great kid, hard working and determined, so I don’t think he has done anything wrong that has put him in the “last man off the bench status”. I’m afraid it is what it is, and right now he is behind those other guys. I find it hard to believe, but why would staff have him behind the others if he was a better player. At the least, he projected as more of a defensive wing who could rebound and defend some bigger wings with his body/frame. We’ve not seen him play, let’s be honest, those are scrub minutes after being inactive for 2 hours, so we can’t tell anything. But I’m really really shocked, I had high hopes, and maybe I just flat out sucked and missed big on this one. I hope not, obviously, but as I think Rich said – time will tell. TAlent rises to the top, so we’ll see. I mean what else could be going on here? I don’t think the kid did anything to put himself in this situation from a discipline standpoint or anything like that.
JG – The only real frosh we’ve seen actually on the floor, and yes it is pretty clear he needs some work. He was the wildcard of this class coming into the season because we knew zero about him, and he certainly has a ways to go. But, I liked some of the things we saw last night, thought he should have gotten more minutes actually….he might develop into a really good defensive/rebounding guy with legit PL frontcourt size/length at a full 6’8….we’ll see how much offensive game grows, again, time will tell…
JC – obviously, no clue, wait til next year.
Hate giving 90 all this credit(kidding), as I had thought about it as well but 90 was first I saw put pen to paper on this topic – BJB status post this year? More and mroe I think about it the more and more I’m convinced this is it for BJB. Kid has been through a lot, got another concussion that he is dealing with right now, will be graduating, considers hijmself a senior and his teammates do as well….I have no inside knowledge, no idea if BJB even knows what his deal is yet(although he may), but all I’m saying is I’ll tell you now if you held a gun to my head and said guess if he stays or goes after this year, get it right and you live another day, I’d say he walks away with CJ’s class and is done and done…that is just my gut talking, but that is what I’d choose. Reason I was thinking about this as well today was schollie numbers.
So as of now, you got the big 3 leaving the program and 3 coming in next year in AP, SW, TK. But as we all know, we’re currently down 2 schollies. But JC is coming back next year, so if nothing else changes, if we bring in those 3 only, we’ll still be a schollie short for 13-14. Could we possibly play another f***ing year down a body? Who the heck knows, but I wouldn’t rule it out at this point.
Then, if BJB goes, we’re down 2 bodies again? So if BJB is 50/50 in coaches mind, then at worst you’re 2 schollies down if you don’t add another kid to this years class and at best you’re one man down….so with that, if we don’t sign another freeking guy to this years class I’m going to be frustrated.