My thoughts on 2013 basketball recruiting
I've been lurking for a majority of the summer, only posting every now and then. I've been keeping up with our recruiting and thought it was about time for me to post my thoughts.
At this point, we stand to lose Miller, McBee, Maymon, and Hall to graduation. I used to be on the fence about whether to keep Landry as part of this class. I hadn't heard a lot about him and have been less than impressed with his stat line in the games that I have been able to find online.
With the recent developments with Shannon Hale, I've come to the conclusion that my dream class consists of:
1) Robert Hubbs
2) Austin Nichols
3) Shannon Hale
Yes, I do hope that we part with Landry. Here is why. With the four seniors that are leavings, two (Maymon and Hall) I would call significant contributors in the post. This means we NEED to sign 2 post players in this class. I am always a proponent of restocking what you will lose for sure through graduation, and cutting ties with Landry allows us to possibly pick up two solid prospects. Hubbs will take McBee's spot at the 2.
The fourth spot can go to either JW3, King (although I don't think we land him), or another point guard or wing that we have been expressing interest in (I'm looking at you Markel Crawford).
Obviously, this begs the question of what do we do at point guard after this year? I am a believer in Trae Golden. He made significant strides last season, and I truly believe he can be a 1st team SEC point guard this season. I am confident in him running the team for 32+ minutes a game. We just need someone to come in and not piss the game away in the 8 minutes that he isn't out there.
If Martin can land elite prospects this year, it won't be hard to convince an elite point guard to hop on-board in 2014. I'm excited about this season and even more excited about the future of the program. GBO!