As I alluded to in yesterday’s post, here are my mostly-uninformed thoughts on the incoming class.
Finding minutes for all of our talent next season is going to be a huge struggle for Lorenzo Romar. As our team sits now, we have a solid nine man rotation featuring the following:
- Isaiah Thomas
- Abdul Gaddy
- Terrence Ross
- Aziz N’Diaye
- Darnell Gant
- Scott Suggs
- C.J. Wilcox
- Desmond Simmons
- Tony Wroten Jr.
Because, let’s face it, Wroten is one of the top prospects in the nation, OBVIOUSLY you’re not going to red-shirt the kid. He’s got too many quicks, too much passing ability, and hopefully some penetration skills that will be too good to deny.
So, what of the remaining three? And, for that matter, what if we get that JC transfer power forward we’re so desperately lacking?
I’m not gonna lie to you, we’re going to be handing out red shirts like they’re going out of style.
Jernard Jarreau looks like he’s got the body to be a force down low, at 6’10 with a monstrous wingspan, but in all likelihood he’s going to need some serious seasoning before anyone would be comfortable inserting him into a regular D-I rotation.
Hikeem Stewart and Andrew Andrews are both smallish guards (around 6’2), and it’s pretty easy to see that we’ve got that spot filled quite admirably with IT, Gaddy, and Wroten. With our returning talent, it’s impossible to see where these guys fit in unless injury rears its ugly head (*frantically knocking on wood*).
The bottom line is: the Huskies are going to look very similar to this past season’s team. Simmons and Wroten are the only two guys who figure to see much playing time out of the New Class. What we have to be concerned with is: will any of these guys riding serious pine next season be tempted to transfer out?
Looking ahead to the 2012-2013 season, IT will be gone, opening up a starting spot for Wroten. Of course, if Wroten opts for the NBA, then we’re down two impact guards, thus opening one or two spots for Stewart and Andrews (unless, of course, we recruit yet another stud guard who will force his way into heavy rotation, but let’s not think about that right now). Suggs and Gant will both graduate as well, so that opens things up for Jarreau. The stars of that team will likely be Ross (if he’s still here) and Gaddy; both figure to be featured offensively, with Wilcox possibly cracking the starting lineup should Romar get the hankering.
I’m told there’s a lot to like about this year’s incoming recruits. Hopefully, that means they’re willing to hold back this year, resulting in more prominent roles the next.