Although this is far earlier than we thought, over the next couple of weeks the staff and I will begin working on individual player reviews from this past season. Let's start with the freshmen, including freshman walk-on Grady Eifert
0.7 ppg, 0.4 rpg
Eifert played about as much as you would expect a freshman walk-on would play. He got into 11 games, all of them blowouts except for the Wisconsin home game. He got into that one because Matt Painter wanted to get Stephen Toyra into his last game at Mackey.
On three occasions Eifert got to play four minutes. His season high for points was five against Youngstown State, where he hit two shots, a free throw, and grabbed three rebounds. The only other game in which he scored was against Incarnate Word, where he had two points.
We can likely expect more of the same going forward for Eifert. On occasion, Painter gives walk-ons important minutes, but that is more out of necessity than anything. Bobby Buckets and Dru Anthrop earned even more minutes when used out of necessity, while Toyra was used as an incentive to get others to play and went back to the usual walk-on's role.
Eifert's biggest contributions will be in practice, where he can help others get ready for game. His reward is not a bad one: token minutes in blowouts as a crowd favorite.