This site really needs a dose of reality. Ohio St. is one of the 5 voting choices for 2008 NCAA champ? Last season is over guys.
And Iowa State at 138? I don't think there is one bookie in the country that would take Marist, High Point (yes High Point!!!), Louisana Monroe, Bucknell, Utah, Charleston or Wis. GB over ISU on a neutral court at the end of this season. These guys write this stuff for a living?
The emphasis of worrying about a freahman point guard running the show is 1970s vintage. Ask Texas or Ohio St. Our guy might not be a top 5 incoming kid, but he's not chopped liver either.
Isn't it funny how everything fits neatly into little boxes? No one commenting on this basketball issue has done any research on the teams under discussion. How many experienced players back? who did they add? what did they do last year? The only criteria is, "Do they play in a major conference?" If not, they can't be very good. Just like hiring a coach from the MVC.
Can't really argue with anything he said. Our returning players didn't set the world on fire and the newcomers, as with all newcomers, are unproven.
Hopefully they (the newcomers) are all as good or better than advertised, as we have been let down before (Taggert, etc), and McD can get them to gel by the middle of January.
I'm cautiously optimistic about this year. We look good on paper but lot of new faces that will have to learn on the job quickly. If we can get good PG play that will make Taylor even better I think. And if Brackins and Thompson can come in and be able to score around the basket that will help both them and Jir be able to play a little more inside-outside ball and take a few perimeter shots to keep the defense on their toes.
I think the first month or so you'll see this team trying to establish roles and get comfortable but after that I think we'll know more about what this year's team is capable of.