Originally Posted by 6956bear
This season has gone about as I expected.
Soloman and Cobbs have the ability to be good players next season. It simply must happen. If it does the Bears could be good. Smith, Bak, Murray and even Powers should be a decent bench. But Cobbs and Soloman are the guys the Bears will need to become difference making players. I am hopeful the Bears can add depth with recruiting this Spring, but really the answer for next year falls on Soloman and Cobbs.
Monty is an excellent coach and really knows what players need to work on to make an impact. The team could be pretty good next year. How good IMO will be how good Soloman and Cobbs become. If the answer is positive the team will be a NCAA team and a strong upper division team with an outside shot at challenging for the championship again.
Have to say I largely agree about Solomon & Cobbs, in the sense that they have the most potential (Solomon pure his upside potential / Cobbs per various reports) to up the talent level we put on the court next year. But there will be other pluses with having added depth and experience, plus hopefully another dependable 3 point shooter in Rossi to go with Crabbe (plus thus far Powers showing he can help there & his height helps him to shoot over most perimeter players).
MSF will be a big loss (both literally & figuratively). MSF & Kamp have really good chemistry between them, and together provide a strong physical presence plus efficient offense in the paint. Replacing all that MSF provides us won't directly happen, but someone like Solomon brings a different set of skills for Monty to use.
Anyway, this year hasn't been bad at all as a rebuilding year, and looking forward to seeing how much better we can be next year.
Have been more surprised this year than most years, but I've never been very surprised. Long before the season started (before MSF's weight loss was reported), I did say Jorge would be a mediocre pg at best but would be excellent 2nd playmaker as a 2 guard, but that we wouldn't have enough offense with Jorge & Smith together on the court. Jorge & Smith have worked together because of Kamp & MSF being so efficient and strong in the paint, coupled with Crabbe being at the high end of expectations (believe ave. 17 - 18 in league play prior to Washington game) and Jorge being able to provide more offense than I expected (he was our 5th option last year behind Randle, PC, Theo & Boykin and definitely not someone our opponents worried about defending).
Overall, although I figured he'd be a double digit scorer, Kamp has been better than I expected. Crabbe has been at the top end of my expectations since Franklin left. And while I also thought Jorge would be a double digit scorer, his scoring has probably been my biggest surprise (still don't see Jorge as a shooter, but he figures out ways to score). Didn't know anything about Powers, but so far so good. Smith has pretty much been exactly what I expected. Upon hearing MSF's loss of weight, my expectations for him changed accordingly, and I'd say he's been exactly as I expected (always liked his skills, but last yr his weight was very limiting). Bak Bak, Solomon & Murray have been basically what I expected. Rossi being out has been a big negative, but hands down, Franklin was my biggest negative surprise (major team addition by subtraction with him leaving).