Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What's Next?

This time of year becomes a guilty pleasure for me. The headlines don't take nearly as long to do. Once the pool is over, the upload level drops a lot. I get to shake the dust off the site code and toss in some updates folks have been asking for. It's a time to step back and take stock.

So it is also for the men's basketball team. Last year at this time, the talk was all about assistant coach movement and Big Man Camp. What's it going to be this year? Probably the same.

Stuff that will probably come in the next two months:

Recruiting. Probably won't be as under-the-radar as last year. The name Kenny Frease has already been bandied about, and it's no mystery the Irish could use a five-star true center. Having only one scholarship to work with will be difficult, but things like this have a way of working themselves out.

Returnees. The main question is whether or not Luke Harangody will get to a Big Man Camp this offseason or wait another year. The experience certainly seems to have helped Rob Kurz, who, as an undersized guy trying to maneuver in the post in Big East play, had to learn some of the same things on Harangody's list. The sooner LH can get there, the better.

Coaches. Good seasons tend to result in job offers for upwardly-mobile assistant coaches. Gene Cross' name was in the hopper for Northern Illinois, and I expect his name may come up for some other vacancies. The Coaches Convention during Final Four weekend tends to be one great big job fair, so with all the moving around so far this season on the job front, we might see some new blood on the roster next year.

Physical Plant. "After the 2008 season" tends to be a popular response when asking when the Joyce Center renovations are going to start. Since that's next season, I expect we're going to start hearing about the plan specifics as soon as the dust settles this off-season. Sometimes these announcements coincide with Trustee meetings, but since the project has already been green-lighted, I'm not sure if they'd wait on the 2nd Quarter meeting to release info.



Anonymous IndyDave said...

Akron Beacon Journal reports today that Kenny Frease committed to Xavier.

3/29/2007 11:12:00 AM  

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