agreed, but considering the circumstances, it's look like about the best start we could have hoped for. It would have been nice to land a "top ten" transfer, but I think it's worth giving Hoiberg the benefit of the doubt in regards to what he is looking for in a player.
the summer will be huge with that trip to italy to see how the team gels.
I'd rather see what he can do piecing together a roster of his own players asap than seeing what he can do with Miles' holdovers.
I like the mix of players that he's brought in, a couple of graduate transfers who have experience and can shoot, plus a couple of JUCO transfers who are considered the top in the country to cover PG and SG. he added a couple of sit out transfers to balance the roster the way he likes (he's said he prefers to have 2 sit-outs at the same time so that they have a buddy to help them through not playing, plus he's stated before that it's tough to get more than 9-10 guys any decent minutes), and added in some guys who have some size and length to play defense against some of the bigs in the B1G.
I'm sure a few wont work out, which is expected with such a short time to put a class together plus basically flipping the entire roster.
here's what's left from Miles:
Thor (wing or maybe stretch 4)
Roby (gone to the draft)
Burke (didnt play last year as a sit-out transfer, should have a role on Fred's team as a scoring guard)
here's who's sort of a combo of Hoiberg/Miles:
Green (JUCO SG)
Arop (frosh F out of omaha)
here's who Hoiberg has brought into the program in such a short time:
Kavas (6-8 stretch 4 probably, grad transfer, can shoot)
Cheatham (6-6 stretch 3 maybe, good defender, grad transfer)
Walker (6-8 transfer has to sit out, PF)
Stevenson (6-6 PF eligible in Jan but will likely get a waiver to be eligible right away due to transferring twice because of 2 coaching changes)
Mack (6-2 PG JUCO transfer, arguably the top JUCO PG available)
Banton (6-8 guard, sit-out transfer, former top 150 recruit I think)
Yvan (6-9 prep PF from France, wont join the team until after the Italy trip, lots of upside)
Curtis (6-4 prep SG out of Ohio, averaged around 35 ppg as a high school senior and Ohio's Mr. Basketball)
Cross (6-8 prep PF out of Arkansas)
He's also managed to balance the roster quite well on such short notice with so many holes to fill:
Sr - Cheatham, Kavas (Roby if he stays)
Jr - Burke, Thor, Stevensen, Green, Walker (sit-out transfer)
So - Mack, Banton (sit-out transfer)
Fr - Ivan, Curtis, Cross, Arop
and he's currently keeping the two 2020 commits that Miles already had on board.
I still have a slight concern about the ability of this roster to hold up inside against B1G conference opponents, but he did close out the class with some size, and he's been adding height/length at the guard positions as well. I think it's obvious that he's recruiting for the offense he wants to run, so hopefully that will work out and it will be some exciting basketball to watch.
I think we'll see a lot of "positionless" basketball with this group. I think we'll see a lot of tall rangy guards who can play the 3 and sometimes the 4, with the inside guys more tall and athletic with the ability to run the floor instead of a traditional "back to the basket" interior play. I think we'll see a lot of what we consider to be guards on the floor, but there is the potential for a lot of versatility with this group.
it will be interesting to see how this first class (and first season) works out.
with 11 players currently eligible for the next season, I think we'll see 1-2 of the frosh redshirt, although I admit I dont follow bb that closely to know if they often redshirt a kid to let him develop or not. I could just as easily see Fred throwing the frosh into the fire to see if he needs to encourage anyone to move on after the first season. Arop I think is a strong candidate to redshirt. I just dont see him having the size/strength to hold his own at this level yet. but, for all I know, maybe Hoiberg sees Arop as someone who can see a lot of pt, who knows? I suppose Curtis is also a candidate, especially with a lot of older guards on the roster, but the kid could score in high school, so maybe he'll get a shot. Cross is probably physical enough to see time right away, especially since there are not a lot of experience bigs on the roster right now.
my best completely uneducated guess at this point would be that we'll see a lot of Mack and Green at PG/SG, with Burke coming off the bench to provide some scoring off the bench. I think we'll see a lot of Kavas as a wing who can shoot but also has the height to play defense inside. We'll probably see a rotation for "the one big who's on the floor with all the shooters" or maybe someone will lock it down in Italy? My guess is that we'll see a lot of Stevenson in that role, with Yvan and Cross also in the mix depending on how quickly they adjust to the game at this level and pick up what Hoiberg wants them to do. Cheatham can play a few positions, can provide some scoring but also great perimeter defense. Walker and Banton have to sit for a year so arent eligible this coming season. I'm still perplexed as to what Thor's role will be. Does Fred see him as a shooter in his offense? a defender? I dont know. I just dont see him taking a lot of pt away from the other guys in the roster. I think we'll see Curtis play as a frosh, I think we'll see Arop redshirt.