- Jun 20, 2014
What I'm getting at is that IU was able to put a B1G championship level squad out there in 2020 overwhelmingly with kids they recruited from HS or JUCO. The only exceptions that I'm seeing are Swann & Powell (both grad transfers I believe) and Tuttle (regular transfer). And I'm 100% fine with plugging holes, particularly with grad transfers.
I know a lot of guys have transferred out (which I believe is the sign of a healthy program), but was IU THAT thin at positions where we're needing to bring in a ton of kids? Or is there some systemic issue that we're not seeing? I can say with certainty that I would not want to see a time where IU starts 6 kids that have come in for one year of eligibility, it would seem kind of mercenary-like.
I'm just trying to see the whole chess board.
IU did well last year but you have to be able to sustain that. I think the level of talent by programs at the bottom and middle of the conference are going to get better through this transfer portal. So we need to continue to raise the level of our depth, which is the main reason the big boys are better than the little guys more consistently. They have depth while IU was always one injury away. Now we are adding the necessary depth to continue competing at the same level we did last year....or better.