Gophers roster construction-expectations vs. reality

Gopher_In_NYC

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Interesting article in today's Dallas Morning News sports section re: Baylor and Scott Drew. It notes that while he's expecting to lose a lot of talent this year, Drew has "moved away from elite recruits to experienced transfers who can develop in his system." ESPN stats noted that Baylor is just the third NCAA champ since '79 without a McDonald's All-American on the roster. That changes next year w/ 3 top 100 recruits. But closes with "don't discount Drew delving into the transfer portal again. Five of his eight rotation players this season started at another school. . ."

It's been lamented fairly often on this board, but the transfer portal appears here to stay, and while a big mystery what Ben Johnson's actual "system" will be, other than Robbins which will be a huge loss, other coaches have also seen dramatic turnover in their roster, and let's reserve judgement and see what he can do.

I like that he's pulling players from all over, and not fixated on MN ties, although he should benefit with the upcoming strong MN high school class. Obviously a killer if no Robbins or capable replacement(s) via portal. It will turn this season into a Hoiberg Huskers similar couple of years. Btw, see Hoiberg just signed another big man 7' Lithuanian. He now has a top 15 class, so jokes about Huskers aside, Hoiberg is turning corner after some very rough years.

His approach proves over and over again, there is no uniform baseball or golf swing.
 

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I've said I think we will be better than last year. I think it's mainly the people who have been complaining about the hire who are saying we are are going to stink. We don't even know who will be on the team yet.

I've tried to remain as optimistic as anyone about this but I have a hard time seeing us being better in the next year. It's going to suck to watch for a year like it did with Fleck in his first season but like in that situation, it becomes easy to recruit. In that, hopefully recruits see the culture that's being established here and the opportunity they'll have to play early and often. That's what I'm holding onto and I think the first two recruiting classes will be telling, not saying he needs a top 20 class but the direction the program is headed will be told by the type of player he attracts. So far I like the transfers from what I've read about them, high BBall IQ kids that just want to come in and work.
 
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It's certainly not impossible that we could be better. Thinking we could stink could be motivated by other impulses than the one you mentioned. I haven't complained much at all about the coaching hire but I'd prefer to set my expectations for the coming year as low as possible.
I believe as low as possible would be a zero win season, including losing the exhibition games and scrimmage.
 

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I believe as low as possible would be a zero win season, including losing the exhibition games and scrimmage.

OK, I guess "as low as possible" was a bit of an overstatement. I'll pick two examples to set general parameters, one recent and one a little older.

I guess if the new coach exceeds Pitino's 8-23 season I will consider that a moral victory.

On the other hand, if he doesn't do better than Iowa State's 2-22 record this season I will consider that very troubling.
 
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