Yes, and more freshman to develop/be the template for the new Andy Newman era! It seems like years since we had this type of freshman action. Two solid ones this year in Jared Brandon and Darius Nelson, Two coming in so far next year. Interesting!
Alex Harris Jared Brandon James Johnson Marquis Horne James Douglas Chris Collins Ronell Abaekobe Darius Nelson
Would be joined by,
Michael Williams Steven McClellan
Daniel Young Chauncey Hill Kerry Carter
We should have a group of experienced and capable ball handlers in Alex Harris, Michael Williams, James Douglas and Kerry Carter that would allow Darius Nelson and Jared Brandon to see some playing time at 3. James Johnson and Marquis Horne would have played many minutes and enough Division I experience. Steven McClellan would be stronger and ready.
The coaching staff should be able to sell this lineup to two high-profile Div I transfers who are interested in winning many Div I games. What do you think?
I think we have a decent foundation for next year, but we need to continue finding the DJ, Kwame, Sammy transfers. The list looks solid, but I don't see anyone that will be a flat out, "go to" player. I haven't seen Darius Nelson play, but of all of the players listed above Alex Harris and Marquis Horne are the only ones that are close to creating their own shot.
I agree that the list is solid enough to sell to a few transfers.
I am not the only one. A lot of posters here think Michael Williams is really good. Of course, Alex Harris does not need to by hyped. He already showed us what he can do. Alex Harris would be in many BW conversations in the next three years. James Douglas is beginning to emerge and should be a solid contributor once the BW games are underway.
However, we would be once again a short-team if we start with two or all three, so we need a bigger shooting guard in the mold of Seeley, Yeager and Vaughn and, an Amondi Amoke type of forward. I think the key is Jared Brandon and Darius Nelson's flexibility and ability to contribute at the smaller position 2 or 3. Yesterday, Jared Brandon shows he can also shoot the 3's at high volume and make them at high percentage. Darius Nelson has always been a wing in high school.
If there are proven winners out there, like Amondi Amoke, Scot Cutley, Orane Chin, Frank Robinson, Kwame Vaughn, Sammy Yeager or DJ Seeley, who want to transfer to the Southern California area this spring or has a need to go to a university closer to home due to hardships, here is your team waiting for you.
SoCalJ - you must understand...those sort of rankings are made by people that: a. don't live in Bend, Oregon b. don't know what a chest pass is c. aren't well short of 6"0" d. did not master the set shot (pre 3 point line)