Usually that phrase means that the student athlete is gone. Good for Bonzie!
Colson said he wouldn’t spend the next year worrying about what he needs to do in order to play in the NBA. With improvement and the program’s continued success, that will take care of itself.
“I’m not focused on (the NBA),” Colson said. “I’m worried about now and what we can do to be better as a team. It starts with us working on our weaknesses. We have to be sharp and dedicated, as we always were. We have to keep growing and understanding that we’ve got to keep shaping our game.
Any chance he changes his mind?
Wouldn't expect it but not unprecedented.
Why Ryan was not playing this season, he always replied back with Steve and VJ as the reason AND the minutes would be there next season. Not so fast.
Brey explained why sophomore wing Matt Ryan asked for a release from the university.
"We talked right after the season and I think for Matt it's a little crowded on the perimeter," Brey said. "There's no sure thing for like a Vasturia minutes or Beachem minutes. And I think for him, he felt like it was a little risky. I don't blame him. You can't guarantee anybody anything, and I think he felt he needed to explore.
"He'll find the right spot. We'll miss him, but we still have pretty good players. I think with Matt leaving it puts Djogo, Harvey and Mooney in a position to really be evaluated, and I'm excited about that
In his show Brey specifically said that VJ was the reason Ryan couldn't get minutes this season and that things would open up for him next season. Of course he never guaranteed minutes, but he did the usual "the future is very bright for Matt Ryan at Notre Dame" kind of thing.
That being said, there's no doubt Mooney, Harvey and Geben would be pushing for the 5th starting spot with Djogo and Torres also pushing to get into the rotation.
I just have to think that Ryan wasn't just looking for minutes. He is looking to be a starter and prominent player.
Let's say he transfers to a major conference team such as Vanderbilt and ends up being a nice role player, I could then see him going the grad transfer route to a mid major such as Iona to "star".
Contrast this with our football coach's treatment of his departing QB. There really is no comparison.
...happier still from a leadership standpoint.
It isn't than I don't think Vasturia and Beachem were poor leaders. They really developed in that area, especially Beachem. Colson once said VJ was not quiet at all even though everyone in media thinks he is, and Farrell said he was "ten times" more vocal by the end of the season than he was at the start.
1. Neither senior was given to a lot of emotion on the court.
2. It's hard to be an exceptional leader when performance on the court is inconsistent.
Colson is not lacking in either of those two categories and he has developed in the other traits good leaders have. I didn't consider him great leadership material a year ago; but after watching him grow this season, I think he will be really good at it.
Maybe not quite Pat C and Jerian but close.
intensity will not be a problem
4 of the 10 for the men will be in their last season of eligibility
5 of the 10 for the women will be in their last season of eligibility (assuming Turner does not miss the entire season).
Both will be checking the transfer market this spring. Would be surprised if the men bring in a grad transfer and if the women bring in another.
MM has four 2018 verbals, speculation (for class balance) she will only take 1 more.
Brey has never brought in a recruiting class that exceeds 4. IIRC the last 5 man frosh class at ND was Digger's last class (that played for Johnny Mac).
though, I would campaign for him as a lottery pick.