1. Gilstrap needs to contribute 13 points and 7 rebounds a game. Craig's production will hopefully come down a little bit because of the help around him, something like 16 points and 8 rebounds.
2. A third option. We know Brackins and Gilstrap will bring their offensive game every week, but who will be guy #3? IMO, it should be DG. He needs to continue to hit the pull up in the lane, and get to the basket and FT line.
3. Penetration. Didn't have it and couldn't stop it, last year. DG, Buckley and Colvin are all VERY capable of doing this. I believe dribble penetration is one of, it not the most important key in being a successful D1 program.
4. A surprise. Colvin? Pomlee? Christopherson? We're going to need production out of atleast one of them every night.
I would say between a 1/4 and 1/3 or the teams that made the Tournament this past year had players at the 5 position equal or not as good as ISU's. To me, with Brackins back, that position is behind the 1,2, and 3 spots as far as concern. If we are not an NCAA team, it won't be because of that position. There are not a lot of true 5's playing. Hamilton, JVB, Dendy, and maybe Pomlee will do fine. Hamilton did well for a freshman new to basketball, and I look for him to improve alot over the off-season. Remember our two posts for the Elite Eight were Stevie and Marcus. For our last appearance, who was the other post besides Homan?
Dribble penetration. And we need to place an emphasis on offensive rebounding.
Our guards need to drastically improve on game management, penetration, and defense if we want a shot at the NCAAs. I don't care if they score many points just as long as they can effectively get the ball to CB, Gilstap, and whoever is out there to shoot the 3.
A solid 5 is the least of my worries. We need our guards to step up. If our guards step up, our big guys will be just fine
To make the tourney? Simple - play to win, not to lose. Push the ball a little, put some pressure on the other team, and put more than 54 points every night up on the scoreboard.
I won't post #'s or stats we need but definitely Gilstrap is an important piece, we are obviously taking a chance on him for one year so having him on the bench or building for his future as a Cyclone are out of the equation. We'll need consistent outside shooting from JVB and Lucca off the bench and both should prosper from less pressure to produce. Ham is a HUGE key that can take pressure and big men off of Brackins if he shows he can score one on one with his back to the basket down low. Colvin, DG, Buckley are the keys to the overall success to the team next year with a high ceiling. PG has been one of our struggling positions in our losses over the past years and we will need ballhandling that can get the offense running smoothly against the talented D's in Big 12 play.