Its really interesting to see how incoming freshman react when they get their butts kicked. 5 incoming freshman, who all played. 5 freshman, who through out their high school careers may not have lost as many games combined as they did this year. 4 sophomores who did not have a good example of what leadership looks like. Then there was one Junior, Marc Loving, who is the oldest and by default leader. He was a quiet leader. I could be wrong, but he doesn't see to be the one to get in a teammates face. I would wager to say there weren't to many teammates checking each other's egos because they never saw it from the upper class man they played with.
Next year will say a lot. I think I heard Coach Izzo say this during an interview. He was worried earlier in the year because his Seniors weren't coaching the younger players. I believe you need to have that in any system. If the seniors aren't coaching and leading the team, keeping the young players straight, then winning isn't going to happen. On a team with no leaders, and no one that seems to want to step up, 24 pt losses can be the norm. The team has a lot of talent, but leadership doesn't always accompany talent. The coaches can only do so much, at some point the players have to cross that line and make the decision to win. So, it's not all on Lyle. He'll learn, he'll have too. Just like the rest of the team. A leader needs to emerge. And said leader cant be afraid to get in a teammates face when they do something wrong in practice, team meeting, and on the court in a game.