Some good questions are asked but I see it as a depth move on VCU's part and an opportunity for Stockhard. The four freshman look like typical VCU players or better. Not much has changed as we will still be looking for a Wheeler type player next year.Questions abound:
1) Why would a P6 grad (assuming he's a GT) want to play his final year at a non-P6 that's rebuilding (i.e. likely won't dance)? And not even be guaranteed minutes/a rotational role? (GTs are supposed to plug gaps and fortify in a "go for the gold" type of season)
2) Why would the staff want to lock up the final scholly during all this uncertainty/tumult and basically be locked out of any future high-quality potential transfer/decommit/reclassify over the next 7 months (of which there will likely be many given the environment?)
3) Given that season itself is in jeopardy, why lock in a marginal contributor w/ the final scholly (he can take online classes even if the season cancels)? Our roster flexibility (assuming no one leaves) is now gone.
4) What does this "somewhat desperate/panicky" signing say about the coaching staff's national recruiting reach/gravitas?
5) What does this signing say about the staff's confidence in a BMB waiver (to play right away)?
6) What does this signing say about Douglas' health, Ward's game, MBJ's minutes/development?
7) Does the staff really think we're contenders next season and do they see Stockard as a key piece (as MSS would have been in their eyes)?
8) What does this signing say about the staff's "new" view on roster construction (now 5 bigs - BMB, MBJ, HW, CD, LS)? a departure from small, versatile, wing-oriented, etc? a departure from full court pressure? a full 180 from previous roster construction? an admission of previous deficiencies?
9) Is the Stockard profile the best this staff could do (for a supposed/former/aspiring Top 50 program)? Are the minutes he plays while MBJ/HW sit worth it?
10) If BMB gets his waiver, now what (5 bigs wanting, and needing/expecting, to play)?