Another way of thinking through the changes listed is through my old-fashioned lens of Center, forwards and guards. Most of us think Gasperini should be a slight improvement over Baptiste. That improvement may show because Gasperini could play PF or otherwise effectively be on court with Tre.capezona wrote: ↑Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:58 pmFor purposes of discussion, I've rated new guys with the guys leaving as improving, declining or no overall change. Clearly I'm looking at guys who have played here vs. those who haven't so it's not a fair assessment, and they might not be accurate pairings. Just conjecture... and I'm bored.
Baptiste / Gasperini ↔↑ (slight improvement)
Jackson / McCrory ↑ (improvement)
Clergeot / Garcia ↔↑
East / Fernandes ↔↓ (slight drop)
Diallo / Dominguez ↑
Chatman / DeGray ↑
For forwards, you lose Chatman, who wasn't around much, and Diallo,a strong rebounder and solid defender. You gain DeGray, McCrory and Dominguez. It's unclear any of these freshman individually will be better than Samba would have been as a junior, but the 3 of them together seem way better, certainly adding depth and offense. Any of the 3 may emerge as better than Samba would have been as a junior, but then again Dibaji or Preston may improve enough so the freshman aren't the issue.
For guards, losing East and Clergeot is losing a lot (apologies to CJ for ignoring him, but he wasn't much of a factor). If Fernandes isn't eligible (so far it seems that way), only Garcia is added to fill those shoes. That seems like it could be a big minus, but if TJ and Buggs return fully recovered, there's plenty of firepower at guard too, and depth as well.
So again this coming year, the challenges could be getting cohesive defense, rebounding, and managing minutes.
By the way, thinking in terms of bigs, wings and ball handlers doesn't change this thinking if either Fernandes is eligible or Garcia proves to be the ball handler we're hoping for. As we've seen lately with injuries and eligibility questions, you never know where a weakness could occur. The question mark for now is point guard.