I didn’t gauruntee anything but I think we will get one soon. Possibly two. People also said the same thing last year when I made similar early season predictions when we were struggling. We were a rebound away from elite eight and I think we would have gone final 4. It is very optimistic and a lot couod happen to prevent it but the talent is there for big time runs just like it was last year. I mean if we had dj right now I think we’d be final 4 bound this year. Sweet sixteen at worse.
If moe and Mathews come back I think anything short of the elite eight would be a failure. I’d imagine we’d be a top ten team for sure. Even with just Mathews I think we will be the best team in the conference. Maybe maryland too with Jackson back.
If you examine our roster with just Mathews back it’s very good. Even if we get nothing from the freshman. I’d imagine ignas at the very least will give us big time minutes starting or off the bench. I’m extremely confident in eli and z next year. Both of them will be very good. Z is going to prove a lot of people wrong and be a huge winner here. A true 4 year leader and good college player. Eli is going to be an offensive star. I’ve seen enough of Jordan to see that he is going to be a special scorer and player overall. I would not be surprised if he made a huge jump abs was a star next year.
Mathews is clearly a star. Another year to work on his shot and fundamentals and he could be scary good. First team big ten followed by a top 20 pick. Livers hasn’t shown much but a few flashes but I have little doubt he will be a offensive stud himself. Teske has shown he’s a beast. Our defense is way better with him and he’s shown he can face up too and I see him owning the paint. I actually think he has second team big ten potential. He can score rolling or posting. I’d imagine if moe wasn’t here we’d be hearing a lot more from opposing coaches and media about him.
Add in ignas who might be the best frosh since Burke or Mitch and John’s who should give us great minutes and man this team is going to be very good. I don’t see a weakness on next years team. Hell I’d be confident in our second unit over some teams first. I don’t see a weakness next year. Plenty of scoring, shooting, slashing, rebounding will even be good. Possibly the best d in beileins tenure… tons of two way players.
Add in beileins development skills and the big ten should be worried. No more getting pushed around in the paint or beaten iff the dribble. The young guys have the most active hands I’ve seen in this tenure. Poole, Eli,z and Mathews are constantly tipping balls and getting strips/steals. This will only improve. Add in that they can play more aggressively cause john and livers are waiting and we could see some next level d with what should be a offensive juggernaut.
Hell im even confident that Davis is going to give us some nice bench minutes at center. As you can see I’m very excited but we all know what coach b is capable of and he’s never ever had talent at this level. Next years team has 5-6 potential pros on it in my opinion. Of course I’m getting ahead of myself but it’s what predictions and boards like this are for. It sounds outrageous now but so do most this early.
I can’t wait to see how coach uses Mathews, livers, ignas and John’s. They are such great prospects. He’s never had tools at the 3/4 like this before. They are going to be such a versaitle/ skilled group. I can’t wait for the next two years. Hell im still excited for this team too. I could see a run in us.