Trust me, losing Witherspoon is the least of our problems right now. He was actually a more decent player than his stats indicate, but either way, he’s just the latest of things that are going wrong for our team in this young season.
To begin with, before the season even started, we lost our most prized recruit, the 6-3, 200-pound JUCO PG Travis DeGroot. He was listed as the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the nation at point guard by Lindy’s College Basketball, the No. 2 prospect by Sporting News, No. 5 by NBADraft.com and the No. 16 overall player at any position by CBS “Sportsline.” Trust me, if you had seen this guy play even for five minutes, you would see why. It’s a shame, but he got kicked off the team because he was an academic liability, as well as a guy with some serious temper problems.
Then we found out that another one of our recruits, Clark Williams will not be eligible to play until next season. He’s a 6-6 sharp shooter that played at Berkmar High School team that won two back-to-back state titles and was ranked top 10 in the country. Clark actually had a NLI for Ohio State coming out of high school, but did not qualify academically so he played JUCO for a year and also was a walk-on at Georgia. We don’t have a big frontcourt and rely a lot on our perimeter shooting, especially three-point shooting, so losing Clark was big for us because his career three-point percentage is a sick 43%. Yeah, we could definitely use him right now.
Then, our senior starter D’Andre McGrew, the archetypical role player that does a little bit of everything for us, got injured in the second game of the season and will be out probably for the rest of the month. You can’t teach experience and we need him badly right now because we are just a shell of a team we were supposed to be before the season started.
Add to all this the fact that our senior center Sylvester Morgan is underperforming big time (can’t grab a rebound to save his life) and that our new freshman center Deven Dickerson is just way too raw at this point, and you have a team that is nothing like we thought we had just a month ago.
You guys will dominate us on the boards and I expect a blowout to be honest with you. If we can loose by less than 20 I would be more than happy. Good luck to you guys. I know we will need a lot of it when we play you.