A few thoughts. First, we know JN was hired late in 2015, so hard for him to impact that class. Chartouny and Bunting were Pecora recruits, but have played well under JN. Chartouny pretty much thrives in this type system, the steals and 3s (up to 38% from 3 and nation's steal leader). Bunting has improved as a big man depth piece (can make what little he takes at 60% and can block a shot), and hopefully can continue to improve in a bigger role. Pekarek was a JN recruit, and played decently as a starter at the tail end of 2016, but regressed and was hurt this year. He hasn't shot as well from 3 as hoped. Hardnett and Smith didn't work out.
Last year's class, Ohams was a good defender and rebounder, not a bad passer. Havsa showed promise. Slanina did as well until injured. Hicks was hurt. Got a nice one year from Hawkins. Tavares was disappointing, provided minutes. I don't think he ever did Peter's proverbial 3-13.
He did do a 4-14 and a 5-16. Whatever Nate Blue thinks he did play significant minutes all year.
You want to add at least 2-3 long term pieces a year and then supplement. He's done ok thus far through this year; grades are incomplete.
Next year will tell us more about the last 2 classes. They'll have more minutes and bigger roles.
As for this year's class. Right now there is no class. Fordham isn't an easy recruit of course. JN and Crawford did pretty well reloading on the fly at Eastern Kentucky with freshmen, transfers and jucos. Ton did ok at Radford and Irvine.
Things happen later and later. At the upper levels you have new draft rules so guys can declare and then come back. That effects top level recruit decisions, which effects the next level and so on. Same with grad transfer rules. The game of musical chairs goes later and later.
Until Sengfelder and Anderson said they were leaving Fordham hypothetically had 10 guys coming back who have started games for them, plus Hicks. Of course that includes Havsa, who started 1 game, and Zarko, who started one last year, and Bunting, who only started at the beginning of last year, etc. Not world beaters but not bottom feeding the A-10, and guaranteed starter minutes would have required a pretty darn good player. Chartouny, AA and Sengfelder would start, Slanina most likely, Ohams, with Bunting, Pekarek, Havsa, Tavares, Hicks and Zarko as depth. Getting ahead of Zarko etc. may not be hard, but getting ahead of all of them? With Sengfelder and AA gone we have more spots for immediate time.
Obviously this doesn't hold every team back. As has been pointed out even the bottom feeders are adding. No one is standing still. It has to play out but right now some anxiety isn't out of place. That's normal for fans. We had guys coming at this point last year. Of course N'Diaye didn't work out.
I'm not so much worried about next year, although I'm not as hopeful as before. But after that it just gets harder and harder. You need to add every year.
So we shall see. We will add some players. Eventually you have to add someone.
As far as what folks at A-10 talk think, although last year one optimistic Fordham grad posted on there about NCAA hopes, the A-10 media/coaches undersold Fordham 2 year's running. We shall see. I wonder if Ali Ton knows any other Belarussian big men like this guy: www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/artsiom-parakhouski-1.html