I believe that the key will be the three big men that we will have next year. We lacked any kind of inside presence this season, which resulted in double and triple teaming Russell, especially after Loving was suspended. Without a legitimate outside shooter (Russell having been neutralized), we had no where to go to score. In a few games, Scott took it to the hoop. He should have done lots more of that. Ditto for Thompson. But, the real problem was that when Russell or Scott threw it to a big man inside, they lost the ball or failed to take it up strong.
We will need Thompson, Giddens and Bell to take it up strong next season. That will open up things for the shooters (Grandstaff, Loving, Diop, Williams). Another key will be conditioning and body building. Our Seniors had the same bodies they had when they were Freshmen. Richardson has got to do more to add strength as well as agility. Diop, Mitchell, Lyle, Harris, Loving and Williams need to finish when they go to the basket. To do that they need to be much stronger than the guys this year were.
I look at it as though the glass is half full. We have a ton of talent and, finally, it is in all of the right places. But we will be green and, unless we bulk these guys up, we will we weak in comparison to the opposition. Conditioning, strength development and, finally, three quality big men. We have chance to be good!