Hoiberg ain't messing around.
I dont know shit about basketball, but things appear to definitely be on the upswing.
rumors are that basically nobody else is returning to the team other than those that have already been announced. Heiman announced his intent to transfer yesterday, and I expect Thorir and Amir Harris to announce any day as well.
also everyone should fully expect Roby to not return. someone will draft him.
but I'd argue that the players Hoiberg and staff have already brought in are better than any team that the previous coaching staff put out on the floor. at least talent-wise. of course they've never played together, never played for Hoiberg, etc.
but, Hoiberg has this summer where they travel and play in europe to see what's he's got on the court, or at least what he can make of it.
what he has to do now, though, is almost sign an entire roster's worth of players in just a few months.
and he's off to a great start.
he reaffirmed commitments from local product Arop who plays F, and JUCO transfer Green who's a SG
he lost on prep PG commit, but pulled in the best JUCO PG in Mack
he's added Sr grad transfers in guards Cheatham and Kavas (Kavas I think can also play the 3 and maybe stretch 4)
he's gotten guards Burke and Karrington to stay (I think)
he's also added transfer Banton, a guard, who has to sit a year
sense a trend here? lots of guards. and not the kind that pull for the football team.
now that Heiman has announced his transfer, and I fully expect Roby to stay in the draft, that leaves only true frosh Arop as a true F or C on the roster. and he's smaller than half of our guards. not really, but close. the good news is that's because Hoiberg is recruiting 6-6 and 6-8 guards (Cheatham, Kavas, Banton)
so, if Roby leaves early, and Harris and Thor announce their departures, that leaves Hoiberg with 5 more schollies to work with.
there are some bigtime big men in the transfer portal right now, from what I've heard, if Hoiberg and staff can land one of those talented big men to combine with this pile of guards, they can do some damage next year. you'd like to see them add some depth, though, at the F and C positions.
I think Hoiberg has already put together a group of guards who can run the floor, space the floor, and shoot, plus drive the lane, etc, but he needs some big bodies to play defense in the B1G
it will be interesting to see how he finishes out these remaining scholarships.