Post by guru on Jan 3, 2020 17:19:10 GMT -5
I agree, and I am really surprised this hasn't gotten more traction among our fans. I think it's likely because of our winning streak, but nonetheless it's hard to treat next year as anything but a near full rebuild. Perhaps others are just more optimistic but aside from McClung, we will have a roster with no players that are Big East caliber starters. All of the bigs are raw (Wahab, Ighoefe, Wilson) or freshman (Sibley). Right now, Pickett is the only wing, and while somewhat improved (yes, I know he starts but he really isn't a Big East quality starter), he's really never broken out, and the same could be said for Blair. Perhaps Harris helps as a guard, but he's a freshman. I realize Ewing is going to add pieces, but that's not a good base to start from, especially when you need graduate transfers if you want them to play immediately.
Now...could things turn out okay? If:
- McClung continues to improve and becomes more dominant.
- Pickett actually turns into a high level Big East player.
- One or more of the bigs develops quickly.
- Sibley comes in ready Day 1 and helps.
- Ewing picks up graduate transfer guard(s) who can immediately help.
- Ewing picks up decommits/other good freshman.
This is asking a lot though. It's not impossible, but highly improbable that we make the tournament next year, unless we get either (a) a major freshman recruit or (b) a major graduate transfer next year, or someone makes a McClung type jump. Without that, I think it's highly unlikely we get to the tournament next year on McClung alone, which means at best we will have made the tournament in 1 of 4 years (the same situation JT3 was in when he got fired).
Possibly hasn’t gotten traction because thankfully not every poster is as hellbent on negativity and relitigating the end of the JT3 years as you and a handful of others seem to be.
How about we just see how this year goes and reevaluate at the end of the season? I happen to think we can still be a very good team this year, and that that success could very well carry over to coming seasons. As you so hopefully say - “it’s not impossible.”
As for the roster turmoil, that falls squarely on Ewing. He did not recruit the type of young men who would thrive at Georgetown. It was a bad situation - but this team is so much more fun to watch at the moment than they were before the debacle.
In the end, this year’s team, after all it has been through already, is shaping out to be an incredibly fun group to follow and root for. I would think a fan would want to focus on that, and not imagined scenarios of doom in the seasons to come.