Think about what CJJ would be doing with Storm, Ralston Turner, Hamilton, Hickey, Stringer, white, and JOB3.
Outside of Warren, none of the guys on that list would fit in well with Jones up-tempo style. Turner was essentially a spot up shooter. Hamilton is much more suited for half court offense. And Malcolm white is just s terrible basketball player with hands of stone. They wouldn't have had the quickness or depth at guard to implement the press we saw against Seton Hall.
I don't think you understand how terrible it is when our players couldn't complete an inbounds play, would get called for a 5 seconds, and all after a full timeout. and also another time where we nearly lost to MSSU because Turner just tossed it onto the court. Yes Trent pissed me off that much
All very frustrating, no doubt. Especially after watching it for 4 years. With the current staff we've only seen 6 games, and only 1 of those against a competent opponent. Remember, there was a point last year too where people were talking about the team being ranked and possibly making he tournament, leading up to the Virginia game. And, especially compared to this year's team that hasn't even been on the road yet, that team was MUCH more battle tested.
I'll also point out that as bad of a recruiter as Johnson was, the two best players on this year's team, O'Bryant and Hickey, were his recruits. The 3rd best, Coleman, was likely coming here even if Johnson was the coach. You could make a good argument either way for Stringer, another Trent recruit, being the 4th best with Carmouche. And he signed Morgan before he left. So it's not like Jones was left with nothing to work with.
I guess there's 2 main points I'm trying to make. 1. As frustrating as it became watching Trent's teams, there were still a lot of good things he did, even last year. 2. As easy as it is to get excited about LSU Basketball both this year and going forward, this ten has only played 6 games, including only 1 respectable team and 0 on the road. Last year should be all the example people need to temper expectations.
This post was edited on 12/12 at 11:33 pm