Those are all fair points, and I’m certainly not saying it’s ideal that Trent is being asked to be our backup 5 and there doesn’t appear to be anybody else on the roster we can ask to play that position. But… i still maintain it’s not the end of the world, and plenty of teams have gone small and won a lot of games at this level.
I look at Houston two seasons ago. 33-4 record, ranked about 300th in effective height nationally. They went 6’7" and 6"8 at the 4/5 position most of the time, sometimes dropping down to 6’5" at the 4. One of the best defenses in the country, 1st in eFG%.
They were even smaller the year before, 6’6" and 6’6" inside for over 50% of their minutes, 13th nationally in defensive efficiency.
Also been good example of Iowa Stateand a few others that the last 5 years have won a lot of games while ranking very low in terms of height, nationally.
I don’t love the roster balance, but assuming we’re stuck with it for now, I don’t think it’s the end of the world either. If Dread and Lundy show up this season like I hope they can, we’ll provide some interesting challenges for opponents to deal with, too.