Glad to hear Carmody realizes bench is an issue that needs to improve. He says we are only going 7 deep but last two games really only 6 as Niego's playing time for some reason has been noticeably reduced. Not sure where additional depth is coming from as it appears he has no confidence in CLS and MZ (unless he's injured), and Copeland has not taken advantage of opportunities given to him. Hopefully we'll see more of Hargis and he'll become the 8th man that I think we'll need as the season progresses.
I remember that very well--I'll bet that those who were the loudest objectors won't even remember it......
Not to speak for all of the "objectors," but the biggest gripe seemed to be with having SIX scholarship players in the same class.
As nobody had actually seen Grandison play, I don't think people we singling him out as much as they were speaking about the total lack of roster management that has been exhibited by Carmody that got us to a point of having SIX players in the same class.
We would be in deep doo-doo without Grandison, so I am glad he is at HC, but that doesn't change the fact that the roster is not in good shape.
I don't know that I was the loudest, but I think I pointed out I was basically not loving the class break-down of 0, 5, 2, 6. Obviously, Grandison was well worth the scholarship, but at the time, I thought that breakdown would lead to a pattern of good-year/bad year. As a rule of thumb, I would still prefer relatively balanced classes
As a general rule, I would certainly agree. But, when a unique opportunity comes along (as with Grandison) HC needs to hop on board. On the other hand, when a player cannot contribute (due to injury or some other factor) they need to be given some other place at HC (with a scholarship) and a spot opened for someone else. I don't see anyone right now in that spot.
Roster balance will never be perfect for long. Kids leaving the program for one reason or another and injuries happen all the time in D1 basketball. Due to the unfortunate events of last year, the roster is already rebalancing itself. Next year, we know where 12 of our 13 scholarships will be spent:
Sr - 1 Jr - 6 Soph - 2 Frosh - 3
The final one will either go to Lovisolo as previously rumored or Prosper Obidiebube as a Frosh or be held over to pair with the LeSann schollie. So we will have one of these three combos in 2020:
6, 3, 3, 1 6, 2, 4, 1 6, 2, 3, 2
If it stays this way, we can use one of the six in 2021 to recruit a transfer in another class or hold it over until 2022 in which case you’d have 3, 2, 5, 3 in 2022 assuming nothing unforeseen happens with departures or injuries. Roster balance is not a huge concern to me at this point. We have three more years of a very strong sophomore class followed by what appears to be another very strong group as Frosh next year.
Post by WorcesterGray on Dec 3, 2018 17:06:26 GMT -5
Obidiebube's coach tweeted on October 29th that he was on an "official" visit to Holy Cross. One poster, who may have some inside info, has been beating the drum about him with some regularity ever since. There was a story circulating awhile ago that Lovisolo would get a scholarship next year, but if that's not true, we do have one more 2019 schollie available.
No indication I've seen that Prosper has any offers from anybody currently.
I think it was on the NESN broadcast the other day that Coach Kennedy specifically referred to three freshman walk-ons. Given that plus the apparent interest in at least one more 2019 recruit, I am starting to doubt that Lovisolo has a scholarship guaranteed him beginning next season.
I would be surprised and disappointed if any of the other freshmen have been guaranteed a scholarship. We bought one lottery ticket with Verbeek's scholarship, hard to believe would do it twice in the same class.