squirrel wrote:To be fair, we got to this point with JUCOs and DI transfers, too. So older/experience doesn't exactly guarantee anything either.
I think there's an illusion that JUCOs can erase or marginalize poor underclass recruiting. They can, for a couple years, but if you miss on the JUCOs/transfers and the 4-year guys, you get exactly where Jim Les left us...a steaming pile of sh-aving cream.
At this point I think after year 3 is the most realistic time to add a juco. In my head, which means nothing, I always see adding a juco or two when you need to go from 16 wins to 20+ wins. They should be easily identified areas where you clearly need to upgrade specific skill sets.
I don't necessarily disagree...but when I look at this year's team, we are sorely lacking in players that play a physical game, players that are capable of being average to above average defenders, guys that aren't afraid of contact and play with a mean streak, etc....Guys coming in next year as 18 year old freshmen just aren't likely to bring many of those qualities to the table in year 1 for them.
I can't imagine the staff wants to watch us get physically overmatched on the boards, in man-to-man defensive sets, in all phases of the game next year on a nightly basis...to give us a fighting chance to not seem like 'boys against men' in every other game next year, it might be necessary to bring in a JUCO or two to upgrade our physicality and muscle a bit.
We can certainly stay the course and wait another year before supplementing the roster with what looks to be needed going into year 4...but we have a huge absence of strength, athleticism, defensive and rebounding ability going into next year...and the bigger sophomore and junior guys we have now don't strike me as the types that are going to move the needle in those areas much next year over this year...