Okay, so the 2013-14 season turned on a dime after the Tennessee game, and things are going swimmingly. We're playing well, and frankly, we're kicking some ass. We're poised for a 4-, 5-, or 6-seed in the Tournament, and will be locked and loaded for an extended run. Feels like a Sweet Sixteen kind of team to me.
NEXT SEASON, 2014-15, we'll be replacing Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell in the starting lineup with Justin Anderson and Anthony Gill. We'll replace Anderson and Gill on the bench with B.J. Stith and Isaiah Wilkins. Not saying we won't miss a beat after losing Joe and Akil, but it should be a pretty strong team with a lot of experience on the floor. Feels like a Sweet Sixteen kind of team to me.
But here's where things get really crazy.
THE SEASON AFTER NEXT, 2015-16. Think about this.
- London Perrantes -- JUNIOR
- Malcolm Brogdon -- REDSHIRT SENIOR
- Justin Anderson -- SENIOR
- Anthony Gill -- SENIOR
- Mike Tobey -- SENIOR
Off the bench:
- Evan Nolte -- SENIOR
- Teven Jones -- SENIOR
- Devon Hall -- redshirt sophomore
- B.J. Stith -- sophomore
- Isaiah Wilkins -- sophomore
- Jack Salt -- redshirt freshman / sophomore
Now, this assumes no attrition, it assumes no NBA early entry. But look at that team. Think about how good these guys are right now... and then dare to imagine how good they'll be in two years. That's two years of experience, of physical development, of playing together and gelling together as a unit. And it doesn't even include whatever awesome freshmen we'll bring in as part of the 2015 recruiting class (another shooter, plus another big).
2015-16 is when Tony Bennett really turns five fingers into a fist.
And that's when we punch our way into the Final Four.
Hell, given that team top to bottom, I like our chances at winning a national championship. A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. IN MEN'S BASKETBALL.
(I told you this would be the post that jinxes everything.)