I don’t disagree that we will be a much improved team. However, we are currently 3-8. The team plays hard as hell every game and we have lost by double digits in 6 of the 8 losses. We lost by 20 in 3 of the 8 losses. Despite how hard we play, we still struggle. Next season we bring in 5 guys who have not played college ball. We get a transfer with two seasons under his belt, but didn’t make an impact on a rebuilding Oklahoma squad. We get Vasic back and he averaged a low ppg on a 6 win team.
Freshmen always struggle unless they are a lottery pick. There is a big jump from HS ball to college. Recruiting is based primarily on potential. These new guys need season 1 to work on eating right, gaining strength, and learning the system. Otherwise, they would be going to bigger programs. We have 3 star guys and that is great, but 3 star guys don’t show up and score in double figures. Look at Martin. He is strong and is a decent FT shooter for a FR. He plays high minutes, but averages only 9.5 ppg. In the last decade, it looks like only 3 players scored in double figures their freshmen season. They were Jon Davis, Adrien White, and Curran Scott. I believe those were Price recruits ironically.
I am going to say we win 10 to 15 games next season. This season I think we win 3 or 4 more to get us to 6 or 7 wins. We are really down as a program and you just don’t jump back up that quickly. CUSA is not a terrible league. We have been shafted at the end of the season, but teams in the NIT and NCAA have done well the past two seasons. It shows us winning 2 of 7 against Top 25 teams this season and I am guessing those games were either away or neutral courts. I do hope we return to relevance earlier than later, but coach Sanchez isn’t going to have us there next season.