Look, they win. And they win consistently. But they also play in the toughest conference in wbb. Plus Bill recruits a certain type of player. And that doesn't always equate to a high level of athleticism.
We have fielded a consistent top 25-30 program which once was an absolute joke. There aren't many programs in wbb that have achieved at our level.
Harris...never did show the promise she illustrated as a three point threat in high school. I'm not sure what happened to her shot, but she was as inconsistent as it gets. Just didn't develop. Sees the writing in the wall with the guards coming in.
Mays...always was a project. Rumors had her transferring as far back as January.
While Mays may have been a project, we knew that, and I personally liked her size and strength. She had a big 12 body. People said Pop was a project, and look what BF & co did with her.
Harris, really like her, but as others have said, without her killer shot she had in high school, probably not going to see the court much.
The big difference between her and Pop though are attitude. She may have had the potential physically, but her mindset and attitude were never going to get her to Big 12 level play. Pop got to where she is with her work ethic, motivation, and determination. It was extremely evident during games from her body language that Kileah never wanted to be there. She just sat on the bench the whole time looking bored and never cheered on her teammates. In my opinion Coach Fen and staff made the right decision in letting Kileah go.
I think Harris wasn't that far away from more minutes, but I'm sure starting for some small warm-weather college would seem a lot easier path. Who knows. Mays did have that one good game, but she was buried beneath so much talent ahead of her. Hope we have a surprise JC/international player popping up on the radar.
Will our front court be athletic enough with Pop gone?
Mays was a project, as others have pointed out, and Harris was just not quick enough either to create her own shot or to play tough defense. We will have three promising guards coming in the next two years: Bingley, Blaskowski, and Buckley. These three Bs will, if they are as good as advertised, sting the opponents (sorry--couldn't resist the bad joke), but next year the first two will be facing a steep learning curve as frosh always do, and Nicki will be only a soph. As a result, my guess is that BF will turn to the juco ranks for more immediate help at guard.