Originally Posted by WVRed
Cal actually had a similar coaching job two years ago:
Three young, inconsistent freshmen starters.
Two role players from the team the previous year, one in the starting role, the other a sparkplug off the bench.
One senior leader who came from out of nowhere.
A team that didn't win a road game in conference play until the last game of the SEC season.
All that team did was make it to the Final Four. I know that isn't going to happen this time around, but Cal did a marvelous coaching job with similar talent. I think the difference in that team was having a top PG in that class.
I think if there's one thing this season has taught us it's that a team reliant on one and dones MUST have good to great point guard play. Even further, Cal's system DEMANDS strong point guard play. Remember when at the beginning of the season on the All Access Cal asked his assistants if they needed to try and get Archie ready to play PG and they all answered emphatically YES. As we all know now, Archie cannot play PG. To put it mildly.
If Marquis Teague hung around another season he would not only be a probable top 10 pick in this upcoming draft, we're looking at an entirely different season for UK.
As we've said before, missing out on Shabazz and Anthony Bennett really hurt as well. Cal also tried to get Oriakhi and Lyons and failed.
I would love for any of the freshmen or Harrow to come back. Harrow would be a great backup for Harrison next year. He couldn't transfer except to a non D1 school and I cannot imagine him getting drafted and I really don't see Harrow having the mental fortitude to go live in Europe by himself.
Kyle Wiltjer has played some of the worst basketball I've ever witnessed out of a UK player the 2nd half of this season. His butt needs to live in the weight room this offseason. I can feel my blood pressure rise just watching him on the court.