- Apr 21, 2009
If you don't redshirt at least one kid (and maybe two), you'll likely be ushering one or two non-seniors out the door next May (unless we dance).
Last yr, we only had 12 kids suiting up each game (Evans RS)...............and by season's end, it was a foregone conclusion that Maye/Djonkam/Jackson were probably leaving (for more PT). You can't keep 12 kids happy/engaged, let alone 13 (if they all dress out every game).
Realistically, if Evans is healthy/effective, the sophs/juniors + Gilmore (9 kids) are probably going to get the lion's share of minutes (probably 185 out of the 2oo or 92.5%) - assuming they are moderately effective. If true, Jackson, Byrd, Curry, Williams will be left to scrap for the other 15 minutes. If no redshirt, there will probably be at least two very disappointed/discouraged frosh.
Just not enough minutes/touches/shots to satisfy 13 kids (splitting 200 minutes). If we struggle at all (wins and losses), it'll cause some locker room disharmony/disenchantment. Players outside of the rotation will lose interest (just check body language during timeouts for those kids that know they're not playing). They often mentally check out.
The pre-season (Jun-Oct; exhibitions, B&G, pickup games, intra-squads, individual sessions, weight room, conditioning, etc) is the time to assess who can realistically be a serious contributor this season (i.e. likely part of a nine-man rotation). The staff should pretty much (hopefully) know by now.
Quite frankly, you only need 11 kids each yr (9 in the regular rotation; 2 available in case of injury/foul trouble/ineffectiveness). Players 12 and 13, if you think they have a bright future at this level (with a little more skills/body development), are generally good RS candidates (if they are amenable to such an arrangement).
13 players will not see the floor even if you don't red shirt anyone. Not sure what Xavier Jackson has done to keep a spot on this roster and I really don't see him getting playing time again this year. Evans is a huge question mark as to when he will return and how many minutes he will be able to play. That gets you to 11 players right there. I know nothing about KeShawn Curry and where he fits into the picture. I can assure you, though, Vince Williams is not a candidate to red shirt and PJ Byrd will not scrap for minutes as he is the only true point guard on this team.
Also, it's not like the starting five for this team are set in stone. Maybe Jenkins and Evans when he is healthy. This team is not as deep as many of you want to believe. If this team was a top 4 team in the A10 and had an established top 8-9 players going into the season, then red shirting someone might be an option. That is not the case with this team, though.