[quote="jjepsu92, post:20, topic:1722"]Next year's team may not be as bad as we think.
1 Frazier, Lewis
2/3 Woodyard, Buie, Marshall, Bowman, Travis
4 Graham, Sasa, Oliver
5 Ackerman, Alexis
Only problem is we will have 5 players with experience (assuming Buie comes back this year and stays next), and 7 newbies. At least the element of surprise would be there.[/quote]
Not as bad as we think? What exactly are “we” thinking? That roster is an Iowa type roster.
You say only problem as if its not a big deal. Frazier is OKAY at best. Woodyard can’t hit a shot, Buie is a HUGE question mark, Marshall and Bowman don’t play, Graham is another question mark, how will Sasa come off his injury? Oliver an OKAY at best reserve player. Ackerman and Alexis are unproven.
Sorry to be negative, but that roster is a LOCK to finish dead last in the Big Ten next season – on paper. It would take a good or great coach to win with that team. I wish we had one of those.
I’m a HUGE homer, but I lean more towards noobd’s assessment than anything else.
I think Oliver is much more than a “reserve” player, but he sure is not the focus of a good team. I remember a Kurt Rambis quote, when he was a pioneer member of the expansion Charlotte Hornets in their first year, 1988. When asked about the team that was assembled, he said, “I think I may be the best player here, and that scares the h*ll out of me !!!”
We will be losing a MASSIVE amount of experience at the end of the year. I don’t know the exact numbers, but this year’s opening roster problably has around 300 starts, next year’s roster may have around 50.
…and we are not even touching on the other loss, COACHING STAFF. Yes, I think we will have a new head coach, perhaps a whole new system.
Next year is not looking good. Long term, perhaps we have talent. Braking in 3 brand new post players… not a good thing !!!