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Do we only have 10 scholarship players? And is that unusual?
Yes and no, somewhat. Basketball isn't football so there's plenty of SEC teams with low number of scholarships. I think UK only had 7 last year. I know when they had Cousins, Bledsoe, etc that they only had 7. Not sure about last year.
I'll add this:
While I have knocked CAG for his roster/ scholarship management, and I don't agree with his decisions last year, the reality is that our bench isn't much if any thinner than the average D1.
Most programs don't go any further than a 7-10 man rotation. When healthy we we're using all 10.
Additionally, compared to your "average" program our top 3 walk ons (blackledge, Goode, and slaughter) are probably comparable in talent to the average 11-13 men on a scholarshipped roster.
I still think CAG took a gamble and got burned a bit by it, but reality is I'm not sure what tangible difference it would make to have 3 more run of the mill exhalation sitting on the bench vs what we currently have
This post was edited by Bama_Lefty 17 months ago
Short version: Grant's philosophy is if you just fill up the roster for the sake of filling up the roster you get the guys who bring the program down. They missed on the ones they really wanted for this year and decided to hold on to the scholarships for a year.
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I just don't get it. Why not spend a scholarship on someone who is maybe a mid major type of player and see what happens? Maybe someone who can actually shoot the ball
All I know is that CAG, though obviously not perfect nor the greatest coach for that matter, is a very good basketball coach and someone who is highly thought of in the coaching fraternity. There does need to be some potential adjustments to the offensive gameplan/philosophy/mentality....whatever you want to call it...and that might mean some new blood or ideas being added to the coaching staff.
No doubt it's been a struggle and that falls on the staff's shoulders, but partial blame has to go to the epidemic that has overtaken college basketball and that is; ugly ball. Well guess what, Bama thrives for the most part in those type games because we defend, scrap, and hustle. Of course when those areas of strength are lacking, then Bama's in big trouble because of the lack of offensive punch.
Bottom line is, yes it's frustrating to watch; but such is college basketball for the most part in today's world. CAG is building a program and we just have to be patient. Easier said than done in this instant gratification nasty now we find ourselves in. I fully believe we have a good'un in CAG and will reap some rewards in the not too distant future if fans will try and be patient and support instead of being quick to pull the trigger.
This team is probably NIT bound barring a great run and that's about right for the team's potential. Next year's probable team appears to be a more complete and deeper team with much more potential. Another step in the building process and a sign of a program headed in the right direction IMHO.
This post was edited by BamaBackerBill 17 months ago
BBB couldn't have said it better. Very nicely put and I agree 100% going into the end of this year and even looking at next year. I hope that he gets some "new blood" and an offensive minded assistant with the players that he has coming back.
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