Other than Garcia, this roster is full of developmental type players. Said that, Garcia needs to improve his strength and be a stronger rim protector/boards as he takes on some mature BIG's. We all know that Payne has shown the most but has lots of work to do to become a top BIG 5. These two have to have lead the way and play like all BIG performers. If not, Ben will have another bottom of the BIG squad.
The rest of the team? Who knows who will earn the starting roles and major PT. Everyone knows we need PG's that can compete in the BIG. I believe there is enough potential to make this bunch competitive. If that potential transfers to the floor, then I can see a mid conference finish.
IMO, considering all the negatives surrounding the program, Ben has done a very good job of recruiting; Christie, (Evans) and Asuma are all valued recruits. Garcia ended up in MN by default or maybe he really wanted to play for Ben. Payton and Battle were very good additions.
Those who want Ben gone now need to think this through. What established HC would come here considering the Gophers meager NIL status and huge uphill struggle plus put the time in to get the program competitive? And consider the approach the MN Admin took with the past two hires. Or we take a flyer on another bargain basement newbie?
I was totally surprised when Ben was named our HC but that is what he is. Ben has many positives and yes, areas where he must improve which sometimes drives me up a wall. But I fully support his efforts as our HC.
I see so because you think the school is some place no one would want to coach at we should just assume whatever this season is is now our new normal and embrace it? That is what this posty sounds like.
Ben is the coach so he has my support. This roster doesn't give me much hope though he will do well enough to prove my doubts wrong and that means a coaching search is mere months away whether you like it or not.
I get that people are putting on the maroon colored glasses and pretending this offseason hasn't been a disaster and that is fine. When the season comes I will do the same thing and pray they surprise us all. But you guys dont get to have it both ways. When some of us were concerned about the roster all you were saying (not you specifically but people like bga and MNVC) was how we would get better in the portal. Then the early portal targets went elsewhere and when some of us were posting concerns (and by that I dont mean the people who were jumping off cliffs in anger or going off on huge rants about Ben) that now we are going after players that seem like minor upgrades at best we were told they have skills and they will help fill out a roster that badly needs it and they will come here because we have the minutes and we are a Big Ten School. Now none of them came and we are supposed to believe that the roster as constructed, the one all of you were telling us Ben would make better than it was (and none of you were pretending it was good enough even 2 weeks ago) is now good enough to make a little noise? Based on what? 2 guys who havent played in two years suddenly playing a full season? Freshmen playing above their level? Massive jumps from players based on...reasons? There is drinking the kool aid and there is outright denial and you guys are grasping at straws that dont exist.
Believe me I hope I am wrong, but there is no way any of you thought this roster was good enough before our latest two targets said no. We need only go back to the portal thread and see that for ourselves. I am all for going into full on cope mode to try and survive what will like be a very ugly Big Ten season (Non-Con could be good maybe...hopefully) but lets not pretend that this right now doesn't look extremely bad. No one, and I mean no one, that is in the Big Ten is looking at this roster and thinking "damn I don't want to play those guys!" and you all know it. Now maybe they will surprise, maybe total will be greater than the sum of its parts and I will come back and eat all of the crow. (GLADLY!) Maybe this is one of those situations where the coach just needed the perfect roster to implement his plan. If so awesome it will be an epic moment and Ben will keep his job and the Gophers will be better for all of it. But lets not pretend any of you would bet your mortgage the Gophers will any better than they were last year.