[quote=“tjb, post:6, topic:2702”]Was 4+1 a philosophy or a practical necessity? I’ve just assumed the latter, and find discussion of it kind of pointless as a result. Am I wrong? In Wright committed to it and recruiting for it?
I’m just excited to see what the personality of this program will be like. Parkhill overcoached, Knight-style. ED undercoached, Krzyzewski-style. In neither case did we recruit consistently enough to out compete the people we compete against.
If all this sounds like I repeating my mantra that recruiting blows away all other potential influences, I plead guilty to predictability. And you can transfer the same argument to the OT football threads. All the nitpicking of demonstrably capable coaches has the ring of truth, but the biggest problem is that the Jimmies and Joes at OSU and UM are just better than ours.[/quote]
Wright mainly recruits a plays a 3 guard line-up and two frontcourt players with no true center. 4+1 was just really mainly played that one year when they had four good guards and limited frontcourt talent to try and steal a few minutes of rest for a big man.
I agree partly with your ‘talent wins’ basic premise, but coaching plays a huge part as well, especially in college BBall. I don’t think that Butler had back to back championship talent, that was a whole lot of coaching. In the end, for PSU to advance to the next level they have to do some of both, they need better talent AND better coaching. The biggest thing I am interested in seeing this year is does PC have a true system that he will run and then try to recruit that system. Biggest issue I always had with Ed is there was no system and recruiting was more whoever he could get. Recruiting certain types of players into the right system makes them better than who they are. Analogous to running a spread offense and getting a QB who fits. I would rather have Denard Robinson than Tom Brady in a running spread offense, but Brady is obviously the better QB.
Two, as pointed out, I hope to see a ten or eleven man rotation to start the year. I want to see Chambers throw everybody into the mix and see what he has and what they can do. If that means they potenially lose a game or two in the pre-season that they could have won with a shorter bench, so be it. I want to see what all these guys can do and then shorten the bench up a little come Big Ten season and start to focus on moving forward.
Third…do we see improvement from players as the year progresses. If PC and the PSU staff can’t coach guys up, another sign of trouble. Not looking to knock of Wiscy and MSU to end the year, but does the team start to find itself and certain gusy start to raise their level of play as the year progresses.