Here's what I have to say about all of this...
The quick and obvious counter to any negative recruiting is *IMMEDIATE PLAYING TIME AVAILABLE!*
Not trying to be pollyanna or pie in the sky. I just don't think losing guys from the middle and back of the rotation is such a bad thing, especially when the playing time spread across 11 players was at times detrimental.
The things to be excited about with this roster for 2017-18 was:
- Having two-to-three seniors in the starting lineup
- The burgeoning Jerome/Guy futureball backcourt
- Hunter and Huff coming off of the redshirt to provide better spacing and more offensive upside
- Further development of the young bigs
None of that has changed. Maybe we'll miss Shayok and Thompson's veteran presence, Shayok's scoring punch and Thompson's ballhandling (such as it is), but these are not damning losses.
Instead... the exciting possibility of open scholarships! It makes the offseason more fun to me. And isn't 'having fun' what it's all about for us fans?
That fucking loss to Florida was the polar opposite of fun, so I'm on board for a shakeup, a youth movement, or whatever the hell you want to call it.