a marked improvement - this is no small achievement either. I really hope to see this consistency into the next season. It really does benefit the entire conference when all teams are improved - improved recruiting, scheduling and opportunities.
The top 5 have all done their work up to now. NMSU/CSUB/GCU lead the pack. UMKC and UVU have improved steadily. Chicago State is just hanging on. If we can get Seattle and UTRG to take a step forward, maybe we can track the top 1/2 of conference rankings. Seattle is in a huge market. They just let go of their head coach, but there is no shortage of talent if they can sell the program right. Same for UTRG. Texas produces boatloads of D1 talent. I thought they were better than the record and easily could have knocked us off at their place. I am hopeful for a 4th 20 win team next year which would be the first time since the WAC was forced to rebuild. UMKC and UVU will be fighting it out for that spot.
Given the improvements and that Weir has chosen to play faster and smaller, I think the top spot will be a dog fight. I don't think we will have any issue scoring, but unless Jones or Bollo is better than expected, we won't have the big bodies to match up with top 20 programs in my opinion. I am not doubting Weir, but I am a little surprised to not see 6-9 or 6-10 body in our recruiting class. Which brings up the question? Is Tanveer staying? He truly is a big but understandably doesn't fit in with a faster pace. He can, however, provide valuable minutes and help out when we are severely overmatched inside. Given his minutes, I just can't see him staying but who knows. Anyone have any guesses on Tanveer or rumors? If I missed it in another thread, I apologize.
I really doubt Tanveer will be on the squad, but have no inside information. This is his 4th year and he is near graduation (possibly in May?) and his minutes will be few next year. He'd be well advised to go D2. I think Weir needs his scholarship for incoming players. We will know soon.