I think we can all agree that the season has brought us some disappointment. Just like last year's national championship, this years team is a product of the one-n-done rule. Whatever you think about the rule, Cal has made it clear that his strategy is to recruit the best players, and deal with the turnover. So far he has been able to manage the talent and coalesce them into a team by season's end Last year we leaned on uber talented freshmen and some "veteran" sophomores and seniors. Those freshmen were more talented then these, but the Cal philosophy that put last year's team together is responsible for this one. Last year proved it works. And this year, at least so far, proves it doesn't. Luckily, it isn't over and there is still plenty of basketball left to play. But here is the interesting thing about this situation, what does it mean for a 1-n-done program when the team isn't successful
Regardless of the season's outcome, a lot of questions have been raised about some of our once lottery pick locks. Noel would benefit from another year in school and filling out his frame and polishing his offensive game. AP's draft stock is going down, he has an NBA body, but so far hasn't shown an NBA game. Worse yet he is developing a rep for not knowing how to play hard. As for AG, he is showing that he is every bit as athletic as advertised, but he isn't developing into a big time scorer. In fact, he seems to be regressing against tougher SEC competition. The NBA draft is more about potential then proven ability. While AP and AG will be good enough to be drafted this year, has their performance so far dropped their stock low enough that they come back to school. (question 1)
If they do come back next year what ripples does that cause. Are there scholarship implications. Cal has already shown he will take a scholarship. With so many underclassmen we don't free up a lot of scholarships with graduation. Also, does anyone transfer, if so who? More ripples how awesome will this team be with next years freshmen? Does the competition between the new crop and the returners finally provide that spark? How does this year's "failure" to get these guys to the next level (for the record I don't think it is a failure) effect Cal' recruiting. It might seem silly to consider, but kids memories are short. Cal had a rep for taking point guards and turning into NBA lottery picks (Rose, Evans, Wall). It has been a while since Wall graduated and hasn't become a star in the NBA. Imagine other coaches deriding him to recruits for not getting these 5-star guys into the association.
Just some random thoughts, I wanted to get your thoughts. It's fun to look ahead, but I am really looking forward to LSU. Go CATS!!!