- Nov 20, 2008
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If you look specifically at Greenlee and Freeman this year- I would argue that there was no point in the minutes they played. Carr was being ridden into the ground with or without Greenlee. It wasn't until the end of the year that they let Willis bring the ball up the court to spell Carr. He was competent enough to do that from the beginning and give Carr 5 minutes on the bench.Exactly. Plus, these days if you have a good player it is tough to hold them for 4 years let alone 5. You could red shirt a kid and by the time they get good they grad transfer on you to a competitor. Also, when you red shirt then you sort of obligate that scholly to the kid for 5 years instead of 4 and it is even worse if he doesn't develop as expected.
If you redshirt one or both of them, and they don't develop, there is a good chance they're transferring anyway to a lower division school to play more minutes. Nobody wants to admit it, and it might not be overt, but coaches "encourage" kids to transfer all the time. Sometimes you end up with a Dhiediou (sp?) that wanted to hang around for his full allotment of 4/5 years, but if they're not playing, that's not overly common. Most kids will go where they think they can play. Being a B1G school, we are less susceptible to grad transfers out as well, as long as the player is getting playing time and it looks like you'll be competitive the next year.