So let me get this straight. We finished 10th in the conference this year, so far we have no commitments and just because most of the team comes back we are going to make a major move forward? Like no one else in the conference is going to get better because of returning starters and none of their commitments are going to contribute. Not every school ahead of us or for that matter behind us is losing major players. And for some programs that do such as a Dayton or VCU you wouldn't wanna bet they reload damn quickly. When was the last time one of those schools was not near or at the top of the conference?
Want another fact to consider. Its probably more reasonable to assume based on history that most of the other programs are more likely to get recruits that impact their program the first year than we are.
I think its great we have some consistency with the roster in some cases but unless we improve the talent level we will be stuck in mediocrity in the A10.
Without knowing what you consider *near* the top, I will throw out these two:
2013-14: Dayton 6th
2012-13: Dayton 12th
You can keep going back from there and it is not great, but surely results we'd be ok with most years. They have a lot graduating and Miller potentially moving on.
For us, this whole thing is a building process. We are not going to out-recruit the A10, not now and not in the foreseeable future. We need to find player with potential and develop them. We need to rely on that for now. I know some feel we can recruit top athletes b/c we have landed some in the past, but most of those heralded players came with issues or baggage.
One positive I see going forward is that I feel this program has an identity finally. We play tough D and that is not expected to change. Follow that up with some better offense and we might make some noise. It's a process though.