I really wanted one more of either Luther, Goodwin or even Finke. Even if we add two more bigs, we would still have room for one more Guard. I just hope Brey doesn't go after a project at the 4 or 5. With the trajectory of the program and the recruiting momentum he has, it would seem to be counter-productive IMO.
Especially when it comes to big men, three star guys aren't often ready to play immediately.
Freshmen make mistakes. Guys with more raw ability recover from mistakes, blocking a shot from behind after being beaten to the basket because of poor defensibe footwork for example; and some coaches live with their mistakes because their raw ability allows them to be special at other times.
Three star recruits have to remove the mistakes from their games before they're ready to play. They spend a year or two improving positioning, perfecting footwork on both ends of the floor, and understanding team offense and defense. Then they are ready. Think Jack Cooley, Ty Nash, and Zach Auguste (Zach was a mix of 3 and 4 star ratings).
If Brey is capping at 11, he could very well bring in a project big- especially if he brings in a ready to play big to go along with Juwan, Mooney, and Burns.
Something to note, Ben Lammers was a 3 star recruit who was not on any top 100 list. He was a 3 star that 247 ranked as the 188th recruit in 2014.
I'd rather Brey take a flyer on a 6'9 or 6'10 project big than a 6'6 or 6'7 project big like Torres.
Capping at 11 for 18-19, allows for at least two from the 2019 class and possibly 3 if Burns decides to not play his 5th at ND.
Bethlehem Catholic, 2018 recently for an unofficial.
He's grown three inches and has good feet for a very young
He would be considered a project now but, red shirt as a freshman
and he can turn into the same type of kid that Xavier puts into
an incubator and provides returns in his fourth year and fifth years.
He has a good touch from 15 and 16 feet but needs time to grow
into his body.
He is better now than many " projects ".
Supposedly Delaware offered but currently have two freshman and one sophomore playing the same position.
So we're no longer recruiting him?
says we are done recruiting guards. Looking for two bigs that can step out and shoot.
That's a bit different than saying he's not recruiting any more guards. The top programs don't stop recruiting elite players just because they already have elite players, but it does seem like priorities are shifting.
I took the logical next step - he also said he doesn't want guys that are unhappy due to playing time issues so he hasn't over recruited at positions. It isn't a stretch at all to think he is done for 2018 with guards and wings. Especially when he also said he is looking for two bigs that can step out and shoot and doesn't want more than 11 scholarship guys.
Related - A couple recruiting analysts on 247 flipped their Luther predictions from ND to St. John's after Luther visited St. John's.
He wants to avoid having too many players in the same class
with the same or similar skill set , in this case guards and wings.
A playing time issue can result very easily.