A. No one expected miracles.
B. Our top line JUCO targets we were close to getting like Tyson Jolly, Brandon Rachael, Trey Wade, and Khadim Sy are killing it. It’s not that they don’t work. In theory it was the right rebuild that didn’t sacrifice youth at all.
Take Baruti for example, he flat out sucks but he was in the Pac 12 before JUCO’s, had solid JUCO production at powerhouse Chipola and shot 38.2% from 3 there is 6-7, 225 and super athletic. Seemed like he checked all the boxes. He’s shooting 13% from three here, there was nothing to indicate that he’d be this bad.
C. Gardner does, and he’s only a sophmore and he’s got some good freshman of which all 4 are contributing and 2 other sophmores. All 6 newcomer underclassmen have started games. He’s still got some good young players to grow with.
D. I think you have to consider competiton. We gave 2 ranked teams all they could handle, it’s not like we didn’t play better or flash some high upside, the AAC was deep and strong this year. I wouldn’t bet against Mike Houston and Holton Ahlers was only a sophmore as well as are most of the other best players.