Sitting here watching NCAA games and wishing it were PC coming on in an hour which I was convinced we were for awhile on Wed
I think I am a pretty hard grader, so don't kill me; these were not easy unlike last year.
Emmitt Holt, JR -- B+ Really solid first year in the Big East; can score in a variety of ways, not a bad 3 point shooter either. Undersized center. Needs to cut down on his fouls and hopefully rebound just a little better. Per 40 minutes the best player we had by advanced metrics.
Kyron Cartwright, JR, -- B took over well from one of the best PGs we've ever had and his pure point skills improved and his offense was good. Needs to continue to get better as a finisher, FT shooter, and one gripe for me is his penchant for blaming his teammates.
Jalen Lindsey, JR -- B most improved shooting performance in the country. Started to show a little more as a creator, but still not something he embraces yet. Defense was very good.
Rodney Bullock, JR -- B He was more inconsistent in league play but had some strong games mixed in with weak ones. For me the most tantalizing and frustrating player under Cooley. Metrics had his defense much better than average. Just needs to bring it more consistently.
Alpha Diallo, FR, B-- Second of season he had some very good games, and not surprising as a freshman did most of his best work at home. Needs to improve his shot and cut down on his fouls. Very nice debut. His position is maybe TBD but he's a strong G/F with a chance to be an All-League player in two years imo
Isaiah Jackson, SO, C+-- An efficient player who finished regular season as a key rotation player. Needs to asset himself and believe in himself. Looked out of his comfort zone but made a good impression in the end.
Kalif Young, FR, C+ -- Freshman big man are the hardest to really evaluate and expectations should be low. Kalif was an elite rebounder more than anything else. Ran the floor hard too. Needs to get a Big East body to be able to make that next step. His shot needs to be overhauled from the FT line. Should be a finisher and very good player but need to be patient.
Maliek White, FR, C -- maybe a half-grade too low, but I think it's fair. A grade below Diallo is fair. As the youngest freshman and a kid who has the making of a very good combo guard not a bad start. Turnover prone to the point where I am not sure he will be the lead PG for PC, but he got much, much better on defense and finished very well for a guard in traffic as a freshman. This class could be excellent if all 3 put the work in and more importantly buck the trend of 30+% of kids leaving their first schools.
Ryan Fazekas, SO, C- -- just really a lost season given where he was the first half of last year. Has one skill and it's not a skill we needed as much as we did two years ago. Seemed not to be in in rhythm all year. Hope he can get back to the path he was on a year ago. 5th in true shooting percentage on this team is why he played 15 minutes the whole month of Feb.
Ricky Council, SO, F -- Not a high major player
Drew Edwards, SO, INC -- medical red-shirt
Tom Plankek, SO, INC -- didn't play enough for a grade
Ed Cooley, A- -- When you finish 3rd and picked 9th, you get the best grade. Managed to keep team focused and won at Marquette and Omaha and NY. DePaul and BC losses and USC game low points, but based on expectations this was a standout job.
Staff -- B+ -- Holt, Cartwright, and Lindsey all positive development. Bullock is who he is and not sure he will be more consistent. Next season will depend on development more than anything if we want to be a top 25-30 team.
Going into next year, and with two guys coming in, I am wondering how they manage this.