I am aware that this season is far from over but as our current team has struggled I find myself looking to the future. I have to say I am optimistic about next year's class. It'll be a totally different team without Hummel, Lewjack, and Smith. I'm excited to see how Ronnie runs the point and Hammons production at center. It seems Painter has finally realized that having size is beneficial in basketball which is great to see. It was pretty evident we couldn't rebound at all against Michigan State. I'm okay with not watching Terone attempt to play power forward anymore. I feel like with Lawson, Carrol, Hammons, Hale, and Simpson we will improve in that regard. Also, I would love to see Ronnie develop into the next Trey Burke. The three headed hyrdra of Johnson's is definitely going to be worth watching next year at least.
Basically, next year's team is going to be entirely different from what we have seen for the last few years. We will have freshman playing key roles on the team for the first time since the Baby Boilers. I'm wondering what is the consensus expectation for next year? Will next year's team make it to the tournament? How soon will Purdue move back into top 25 rankings? What players(current and new) will step up to replace our seniors? What recruit are you most excited to watch?