I know many basketball fans are frustrated about this year and you should be. No one likes to lose, but you got to keep supporting Purdue University. I believe the players will improve next year as they will no longer be freshman, will work hard in the offseason, and the new top recruits increase competition. Of course, with the big slice of humble pie offered up this year, they will start to play more as a team.
Thought I would start a post to look forward to the future instead of complaining about this season. We aren't going dancing, so look forward. Interested in hearing who you think may be the starting 5 next year. I believe we will get back to a more traditional line-up next year as the frontcourt will have more experience than the backcourt, thus we should play bigger next year as opposed to the frequent C/4G lineup. To tip it off:
C - Hammons - I can't imagine anyone argues with this one.
PF - Hale - This is the toughest spot to predict, but I will go with the guy getting the most minutes right now and who will be 42 years old next year.
SF - TJ - I know he is not a classic SF, but let's call it a that for now. The senior is going to start at one of the guard spots.
SG - Bryson Scott - I think he will play this position to start the year since I don't think there is anyway to keep him off the floor. I would not be surprised if he is the starting PG at some point next year. If is was playing in Indianapolis during his HS career, he is the Indiana Mr Basketball. He is that good.
G - RJ - I believe the 2nd year player will come back and will make better decisions next year. He has run the team from Day 1 of his freshman year, so he will start the non- conference season. But if he doesn't improve his decision making, he will be the backup point before the season is over.
6th Man - Kendall Stephens - He may not start, but he is going to get plenty of minutes. If he does start, I think it pushes RJ to the bench.
Simpson is a wildcard. I don't know much about his health status. If he is as talented as Painter says he is, then he could push Hale for PF minutes.
Lil AJ could improve and gets minutes at the 2, his natural position. He is not a PG and he is playing out of position. Like Charles says, he needs to take a 1,000 3PT shots per day. Flush the "floaters" and be the next Ryne Smith
Basil is an active body and he will also get a look. If he wants minutes next year, defend and rebound. And for the love of God, make FT's and bunnies.
Davis is a fan favorite by some, and others don't see much. I think if you love him right now is because he plays hard and doesn't jack up 30 footers and is not in love with a floater. Will get minutes at SF.
Lastly there is Sandi (does he give up his 5th year), Tacos, and Lawson. Frankly, I don't see Lawson or Tacos playing many minutes next year. If they can't get on the floor this year without Simpson, I don't know how they do it next year.
What is exciting for next year is that we do have players that will compete for minutes. Right now, guys are getting minutes because there is no one else that can go in there. All I ask is that you don't rip my post, but offer up your thoughts. There is no right or wrong answer on this, just have some fun.
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