I'm going to say Harris because he will play the best defense early on. Plus opening at point guard. Mitchell second because I think Matta can't wait to use his playmaking ability.
Seniors were limited offensively, defensively, and in the leadership department. Thad and assistants could only get this team so far. It takes an internal fire to be mentally tough and will your team to victory. We missed that in a big way this year. Russell had it and I think Tate might have it. Anyone else? Who can lead this team out on the court? Leadership development is needed more than player development. We had the talent to win a lot more games this year. Instead we let teams deliver huge blows in the first 10 of the first half and we let them. Couldn't stop the bleeding enough to make a difference.
"Have yet to rebound" - I see what you did there. That's what I felt like most of yesterday.
Fresh blood will bring enthusiasm with limitless potential, something left squandered with this accomplished yet disappointing senior class.
I'm not ready to say fire Thad just yet. The senior players he has this year are role players. That's what they've been their whole careers. How different would this team look with LaQuinton Ross? Or if Loving doesn't get suspended, come back and contribute nothing? Thad has an immense amount of talent in the pipeline that will be hungry for the 4 opening starting spots next fall. Some players just don't develop at the rate we all want them too and Thad had a group of them that played a lot for 4 years. Are all of them better before they came on campus? I think so. But the future is young, bright and talented and should be was less frustrationg to watch.
How big do you see the 2016 class being?
Tyler Boyd WR from Pitt
I am a titans fan too, and as much as I want to hate the guy I really can't. Same with Luck. I don't even dislike the Colts but the Titans have had some bad juju as of late with however many seasons of playing against Peyton and then Luck falls into the Colts laps (pun intended).
At least they aren't Browns level unlucky.
Hopson not in top 10 for points assists or steals as far as a freshman season goes.
HUGE oversight on my part. Thanks Rosenbuck.
Well if we don't end up getting the #1 RBs we certainly develop them. Hyde + Zeke
That's Hermans offensive gameplan. Undefeated when Devin Smith catches a touchdown.
AJ Alexander especially if he plays at TE. Not a whole lot of depth there and with the online being more experienced I expect the TEs to run a lot more routes. Vannett, Baugh, and Alexander the beneficiaries.
An absolute man amongst boys out there
What recruit and family do you feel you developed the best relationship with?
They shut down an entire side of the field.
JaQuan Lyle is very much in the D'Angelo Russell mold. Great pickup and perfect pairing for AJ Harris with help on the point.
So far the staff looks like they have identified the VA/NJ market that is a new territory that they want to mine, with GA/FL dominating the southern state recruiting focus.
I'm not sure I would dedicate a large budget to Louisiana despite it's talent because of the inroads we've created in those other states. However if a number of recruits would express interest in Ohio state and reach out to the staff, we could see a larger focus on the bayou.
Most of our staff have some ties to their primary recruiting areas - didn't always start that way - but I don't think we will see much of any of our classes hailing from Louisiana for that matter, the lack of a recruiting relationship with the high school coaches there.
Lee and Amir had their best games of the year. Both attacked the glass well tonight.
This is an NIT team. Matta recruited a lot of high risk high reward athletic players in this senior class who just have not been able to take the next step. Hurts that Thad has no JRs behind them that could have helped. He has rectified those mistakes by recruiting better basketball skill than overall athletic ability like Russell, K.Williams, Loving and Bates-Diop. I am in no hurry to send Matta out the door because of the incoming influx of good basketball talent mixed with athletes in the upcoming classes. Thad's Most recent recruiting classes have been more balanced than the previous few and we will be in good position for the next few years, unfortunately probably not this year.
Says in the article there was a mistake and he was grouped in with the players from Tennessee instead of Texas.
JD is at Toledo. Dunking on everyone still.
I believe it was Curtis who had RIP Dad written on his shirt underneath his pads and was visible after the game. Puts so much more in perspective. He has dealt with so much adversity throughout his life/career here. I believe he was a major catalyst for how close this team truly was and became throughout the year. His leadership will pay dividends to come by the example he set.
If Elliot has another good year I definitely think Walker will keep his commitment. Ohio State has shown they want to run the ball with power and authority, especially when the talent upfront performs. Walker sees that. What back doesn't want to get the ball 40 times in the biggest games.