I just feel like a lot of these issues are tied to recruiting failures over the last four years. I certainly agree it’d be great to have more super athletic defenders with upside on the roster (although just to note, Mamadi was one of our highest rated recruits of the Bennett era), but we don’t. We didn’t land any of those guys that we targeted out of high school and there isn’t some massive glut of those guys in the portal who would be academically eligible/fit our culture/want to come here.
I guess I just take issue with the idea that just packing the team full of athletic versatile defenders at the last minute was an option. We’re in this spot because we recruited poorly for four years and took a bunch of our 3rd choices to fill out roster spots, and those guys didn’t pan out. Adding more McKoy-type guys who decide last minute and are low-rated between the end of last season and beginning of this season wasn’t going to make the difference, or at least I don’t think so. If we wanted to have a roster full of potential diamonds on the rough, they would have been recruited in the 2019 and 2020 classes, but they weren’t. So it is.
Now given that’s the case, we had to decide what to do going forward. I think it makes some sense to keep the roster small, see what you have in the current roster and develop them, and then plan for the big talent infusion to come in 2022 and 2023. Above all else, do not jeopardize landing the talent in 2022 and 2023. If it means this year is subpar, so be it, although I think we did enough in landing Franklin and Gardner to be competitive and I think the team will get better as the year goes along. But to get rebalanced, the most important thing is 2022 and 2023.
But yeah, we will see how things go. Am just thankful today to have you all to debate with about it!