Love ya Rowdy, but how many teams respond well to having 3 starter out?
First off, it's different 3 players being out with injury, then 1 being injured and 2 being in foul trouble. BIG DIFFERENCE.
2nd of all if we had other guys ready to play.... when Deloach and or Johns got their first fouls we coulda substituted one of them (Lawal/Fermin) in so they (johns/deloach) didn't pick up a 2nd foul so quick.
I also completely understand the notion of trusting your players.... but you also gotta look out for the best interest of the team. And you never know how a ref or group of refs are going to call a game. You also never know when an injury is going to happen.
So here's my question.... if you dont think it's worth putting time into giving guys like Lawal & Fermin mins, or Banks minutes in the regular season.... then how can you possibly trust them to come in and provide quality mins in a big game situation like a conference tournament or a post season game. If PJ Byrd had been given more mins that season behind Evans... maybe we beat Rhody in the A10 tourney that year and who knows what happen from there. If Lawal & Fermin had been given more minutes in the regular season... maybe yesterday... they come in an provide a spark outta no where for the team... who knows.
Also as a player you're supposed to remain ready at all times right? Well how can you be confident in your abilities or believe in yourself.... if the coaches don't believe in playing you until they absolutely have to?
And now you factor in NIL and the transfer portal.... if your coach can't even find time for you in a regular season game.... people are gonna bounce even faster now.
We are not Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, or any P5/6 school thats gonna get Top 50-100 recruits without breaking a sweat... or that can simply say... "Oh well, on to the next player". We're not even close to Gonzaga level either. And we should not try to be a team where we rely so heavily on one or two players..... we didnt beat Duke in 07 solely because of Maynor. We didnt go to the Final 4 solely because of Jamie Skeen or Bradford Burgess. We didn't win the A10 Tournament in 2015, solely because of Treveon Graham.... No we won those games because of great coaching and a great TEAM effort.