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I'm sorry but while the injuries are bad luck...we should be down to 10 or 11 scholarship players...not 8. What in the world was Coach Grant thinking by leaving our #'s that thin? That's like Coach Saban leaving us at 70 scholarship players because we have a small Sr. class and we want to have room for next year.
There are ways to manage numbers and leaving us multiple scholy players short isn't it.
I'm beggining to have doubts....
We really need to beat VCU and Tech...period.
Hankerson's transfer really hurts now.
Three people left early last year...Hank, Mitchell, and Eblen. Because it was relatively late in the recruiting process for that class, Grant said that he didn't want to waste a scholarship on someone we wouldn't want in the first place. Maybe this was the gamble that jdisom was referring to. Grant gambled that we wouldn't have any serious injuries.
I thought he should have at least signed a JUCO player where the scholarship would open up in two years at a maximum.
We went after some big targets last year and missed. Very simple.
I'd say you are selling the kids we have on the roster short. Just because we aim high and miss doesn't mean the ones we get are minced meat. Judging the team in December is pretty short-sighted as well. May want to hold off on the pitchforks until March.
All signs pointed that we had Willy Cauley in the bag until UK offered him last minute, without watching him play in person.
I don't think you can really compare basketball recruiting to football. In football, there are always at least a dozen or more open slots in a class, no matter what. In basketball, it's quite possible not to have room to take anyone in a given year. So, if you think the chances of getting a good player is going to go up in a year, you may be forced to withhold an offer.
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