Hoops Roundtable: Coaching Changes

Danny Manning

Scout.com's basketball recruiting experts assess the new beginnings at different college programs...

Brian Snow: I would say Marquette, even with a few pieces leaving or being undecided, is the most stable. They have a talented young core of guys in the program such as Duane Wilson, Deonte Burton, Luke Fischer, and Jajuan Johnson along with veterans such as Todd Mayo, Derrick Wilson, and Steve Taylor firmly in the program. Keeping Sandy Cohen was big, and if Wojo is able to keep Malek Harris (despite losing Ahmed Hill) then he easily could have one of the better teams in the Big East next season.

As for an unstable job I would look to Auburn. Bruce Pearl will win, his track record has proven that, but the Tigers lose three of their top five scorers to graduation, and on top of that top incoming recruit Sam Logwood is very up in the air on if he will return or not. Given that Auburn really struggled in the SEC last year, with losses and potential losses mounting up, it could be a tough year one for Pearl and his staff.

Josh Gershon: I think Auburn immediately becomes a very stable situation from a recruiting perspective. Bruce Pearl is going to be a coach that players flock to, and it shouldn't take long before high level prospects start choosing the Tigers. The Cal situation was in flux for a couple weeks and much of the West Coast was wondering who would get the job and what western ties that coach and staff would have. It's going to be interesting how Cuonzo Martin builds his staff and what West Coast ties it has.

Evan Daniels: I think Steve Wojciechowski probably inherited the best situation. First off, the Marquette job itself is a very good job. They are in a winnable league and have very good resources. On top of that he already has some talent on the roster and an improvising recruiting base. While I think Bruce Pearl is going to do a good job at Auburn and is certainly one of the best hires they could make, I think his situation is a bit tougher. The Auburn roster isn't exactly loaded with talent, as they've struggled to recruit players that are good enough to make a major impact in the SEC over the past few years. I think he has a tough starting spot.

Rob Harrington: Danny Manning steps into a great situation in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest hasn't lacked for talent as much as they have chemistry, and Manning will enjoy the services of upperclassman — and battle-hardened — point guard Codi Miller-McIntyre to smooth the transition to a new system. Of the seven players who started at least 10 games this season, the Demon Deacons will return five in 2014-15.

That's a crew that defeated Duke and North Carolina at the Joel, so obviously they aren't devoid of ability. Meanwhile, the state offers a robust Class of 2016 haul of prospects, which augers well for the program given that they're behind with 2015 and will need to replenish the roster largely from among rising juniors.

On the flipside, Tennessee could pose something of a land mine for whoever becomes the new coach. Expectations may be outpace the roster's existing and incoming talent, and even this year's team — which featured the now-departed Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes — barely crept into the NCAA tournament as a No. 11 seed. It isn't a bad job, but it's more of a rebuilding effort that may appear to be the case on paper.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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