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.
Well, yeah, with a lot of returning experience on a 10th place team that might have done better but for (1) early season style-of-play issues, and (2) late season injury problems, I think we have cause to be reasonably optimistic. Lots of variables, as Ace points out. But sometimes, you just have to channel Coach Norman Dale and say "my team is on the court". Hopefully between now and next season there will be some helpful additions to that team. At Fordham, we've gotten into the habit of hoping that some miracle recruit will come through the doors and turn things around. Unless some tall kid named Chitwood is walking into JN's office and saying "I figure it's about time I started playing", that probably isn't going to happen. And on the recent occasions when something like that did happen -- Jon Severe, then Eric Paschall -- the "savior" didn't save us. Both had wildly inefficient freshman years on losing teams (which lacked experienced players). One left, the other didn't become the "X" factor for us. I think we're in a much better situation now, where if we did get a hot-shot newcomer, they'd learn that PT is earned, not just handed out.
The other thing I like about our returning players is that they generally have much more mental toughness than I sensed from players under prior regimes. They've been in battle against good squads and (unlike their predecessors) they won some of those battles. That is something that dearly needed to happen in this program.