...as people think. To me, the situation seemed like Kelly knew what he had in Wood, and wasn't totally thrilled with it especially his reluctance to cut inside. I don't think he knew exactly what he had in Riddick, except that he had some sure hands. Riddick turned out so much greater than that.
I think the staff fought to get Carlisle cleared with a hardship waiver as an insurance policy. Once it was established that we had a very formidable attack, Kelly wasn't going to exercise the policy and preserved the option. Carlisle could have easily played in a number of games down the stretch. But by that point it wasn't worth burning the year of eligibility.