Cadillac90 wrote:MattTheEagle wrote:RedBaron67 wrote:Individual stats are beside the point. BC is last in the ACC in points per game (300th in D-1), rebounds per game (309th in D-1), and field goal percentage (246th in D-1). I can't find any ranked listing of opponents' averages, but I suspect the numbers there are about as bad (and the horrors of the conference season are just about to begin). One expects freshmen to have growing pains, but this team's performance to date has been extremely poor. Without a steep improvement curve (and the general trend of recruiting doesn't make me optimistic in this regard), Donahue will be gone by 2014 at the latest.
It seems like half this board is treating BC basketball like . I wouldn't worry too much. Pretty much all of our guys are straight out of high school. They need time to develop. They have hardly even been through Donahue's off-season conditioning and practice regimen. By 2014 we should be really really good. Our freshman are getting tons of early experience. And I know people don't like looking for positives but there are tons of them with this group of players. For once, we have a legit 7' who has the potential to become the best center BC has ever had. I know there were a lot of dislikes from URI, but there were definitely a few positives, particularly with Anderson who looked to play with a ton of poise for the first time all year. We aren't going for wins this year, if we were, we wouldn't be playing Cahill. But he helps bring the much-needed leadership to the floor, which is intended to improve our players long-term development. And for those still complaining about Cahill's minutes, we aren't going to win many games regardless of his minutes. He is gone next year anyways, which will be good because our freshman will finally have a year of experience under their belt. I don't think Humphrey is ever going to step up and help this team, but he will also be gone in two years.
I trust in the Don.
Some concern is warranted but it is still way too early to punt on this team. Definitely need to give them the rest of this year and a large part of next season to continue to develop before a real panic/dread settles in.
I'm not giving up on this team, but I'd like to see more incremental improvement, along with a greater sense of urgency. Anderson appears to be starting to come around, but Clifford is still too passive; he needs to pump up his aggressiveness as much as (maybe even more than) his weight and muscle. Of course they need time, but every one needs to understand that an AWFUL LOT of improvement is necessary to make this a respectable ACC team (although I suspect the upcoming conference season will take care of that). I"d agree that next year will be critical; if there isn't substantial improvement by around midseason, discontent will become much louder and more widespread.