Not out of the question that Melendez could end up in the top 50. OA's ability to spot talent is almost better than his recruiting ability. I've often wondered if his brother doesn't play a role in some of this. Just truly amazing (Giorgi).Go Illini!!^^^^^^super underrated. People will be surprised by how good he is.
Seriously. Without Ayo, Kofi, Miller, Trent Giorgi and Damonte, and with the only additions being Omar Melendez and Goode, we are not 25. Surely more additions and hopefully not all those subtractions, but as it stands, 25 feels a little much.
This years team is probably a pretty good preview of what to expect under Gard. Few wins against the talented teams, and ground out wins against almost everyone. They have a solid identity and culture centered around their system and role players. I expect that they will settle into a consistent 5th-7th place finish in the Big, and make the tournament most years.It will be interesting to see how Wisconsin fares this off-season; it could really be the beginning of the end for Gard depending on what happens with their seniors.
- 7 of the top 9 players are seniors
- seniors accounted for 73% of minutes played, and 81% of points scored
- Jonathan Davis (FR) and Tyler Wahl (SO) are the only two non-seniors to average more than 2 minutes per game
- They have had only 1 four star or better recruit (Ben Carlson) since the 2017 class when Reuvers and Davidson were freshman 4 stars
Pretty impressive factoid that I hadn’t considered before - all B1G freshman team each year as coach. Trent, Ayo, Kofi, Curbelo. BU definitely plays talented freshmanMelendez is going to be an impact player. I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't Underwood's 5th straight player on the all BIG freshman team.
From this picture, payne needs to enroll early and get with fletch!! He is supposed to be a 4 or serviceable 5 and he is only a little bigger than melendez?
He calls the pickup of Omar "terrific" and notes Brad's "high hopes" for Hutcherson.