I honestly don't think he'd make much of a difference. He wasn't interested in defense (which we are sorely lacking) and our offense hasn't been much of an issue. The one thing I could see it helping is moving Ejim to his natural position, but which of the transfers are you willing to give up? Wasn't Chris Allen the last one to sign?
He'd make all the difference in the world this year! You saw Craig when he had a healthy Vanderbeeken pulling doubles away from the post when Craig was a soph. He went for 20 and 10 every night. Then we also would have two post defenders and we wouldn't have to drop two down and triple team every time in the post (which I don't think we should be doing anyway, but apparently the players do). Our defense and offense would be better if Craig was here. Defense would probably look a lot better and the offense would be redistributed and may be just good enough to turn those close losses into wins.
I'd give Craig one year this year over a transfer to have one year next year if it was the difference between a 15 win season and a 20+ one this year (and I think it would). This place would be going nuts right now if our record was what Craig's presence would probably get us to.
If Brackins would have stayed for this year, along with the others that transferred, I'm pretty sure Mcdermott would have stayed to coach them, and which would have delayed him leaving to this year and CU would not have been there to buy out his contract, which gave ISU a nice little payday compared to the buyout. So I think I'll take what we got for now.
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