I remember for a long time there was a saying that "guard play wins you games/championships," and to an extent I believe that is true. You need guards who can distribute, drive, and shoot. But I look at what people want for team needs -- we need Duke, we need Swider, we need more scoring, etc, and I believe that to only be partially true. As I watch these NCAA Tournament games, one thing sticks out to me ... If you can't play in the paint on both sides of the ball, you don't have a chance. On offense, you typically need some sort of big/athleticism to make plays to help space the defense for shotmakers, and on defense, you need guys who can defend the post/block some shots. If you can't defend the post one on one, or provide adequate help defense with blocked shots, you team is virtually hosed. The past few years have been perfect illustrations of that -- PC has had one guy who can at least be serviceable against opposing bigs, and when that guy gets in trouble, they can get absolutely destroyed against teams who can take advantage of it, and let's be honest, not every team can take advantage of it, but many of the talented teams left in the tournament can. It didn't matter that PC arguably had the best player on the court last year (Dunn), because there were moments in games when 6'6/6'7 guys like Bullock or Lindsey were guarding 6'9, 250 lb guys like Ochefu or Meeks at key moments in games. It's an impossible task. Even this year, Young has a bigger body, but didn't have the tools to provide key minutes.
That said, I don't think it's a lack of effort on the staff's part -- they can't help that Chukwu left or Bentil declared, etc. But I think this is where the staff needs to take advantage of that and go out and land a big, and I'm not talking a spring 4 year player who requires work, they need to go after the unicorn (5th year grad) or a transfer who can come in in 2018 and fill some of the void left by Bullock and Holt's departure, and hope that Player X plus developments to Young (who looks like he can be a bull), Watson, and Dickens can create a frontcourt capable of matching up against these bigger teams and then give the talented guards Cooley grooms a chance to take over on the perimeter. As of right now, I think Young may be one of those secret weapons PC desperately needs for next season, he needs to develop into a big body that can bully guys on both sides of the ball, and Dickens should help as a shotblocking presence (or in 2018, depending on when he is ready to contribute). Watson seems to do a little of everything.
I guess my point is I know it's easy to get excited about promising guards with a lot of talent, but can't forget about the love or need for the big men. I'm assuming I'm now a full-member of the JoeSixPack Aircraft Carrier fan club.