[quote=“LPcreation, post:19, topic:75”]I love all the optimism but I just can’t share it (for this year anyway). I think we’ll have a solid team with a lot of potential but most of is just potential. We lost 2 really good B10 ten players and 1 B10 shooter. I think we’ll be fine picking up Danny’s shooting but we also have to account for Stan’s shooting, penetration, and defense. Mel’s leadership, rebounds, inside play and general toughness. I think chemistry was big too. I think we have a great bunch of guys coming in but it’s still 5 NEW guys.
I feel like a broken record at this point but it’s just nuts to me that the talent on this team is being compared to the 2001 team. IMO, the talent on this team isn’t as good as the talent on LAST year’s team. Now, 2010-2011 could be a totally different story…
We don’t know who are defender is, whether or not Babb can be more than a shooter, whether or not Tim can step in immediately and play at this level (remember it even took Battle a little while to adjust), who is going to produce at teh PF, whether or not A Jones will build off his NIT play, who’s going to get the tough points inside…just a lot of unknowns. I do think we have a nice base of players who can fill the roles but I just can’t predict any post season play (NCAA, or NIT) until we see them on the floor.
It’s still nice to know the team will at least be competitive even if some of these guys don’t liev up to the potential. I’m realy hopeful we’ll be good (really good), I just hink it’s going to come a eyar later.[/quote]
I share some of your concerns, and it’s level headed to think along those lines, but it’s not as much fun! On Frazier, I would disagree. Yes, Battle had trouble, but it was really his shooting. As I expect little of Frazier as a scorer, as he barely even takes 3’s(which was huge part of Battle’s game), not sure he can disappoint there. Speed, ups and defense should be fine. Will he have trouble driving and scoring? Maybe some. Re Babb, I don’t expect less than Danny. He’s bigger and quicker, and while maybe he’s only a shooter, was Danny much more than that? At 6’5", kind of quick, I think he drives some, as I think he did either in the URI or GMU tourney game. On Cornley, I agree. This is a huge question mark. To expect DJ or Brooks to be much better scoringwise than they have been is nothing more than wishful thinking. May happen, just can’t expect it. IMO, Oliver, Edwards, Sasa, somebody new needs to be able to score inside, and be a go to guy in the crunch. This is what opens up the outside. Otherwise, I see a disappointing season. Exciting maybe, but with mediocre results.