The spring signing day is Apr 15, I believe. SC is still in the running for some nice uncommitted recruits, like PGs Donte Medder and Dominique O'Connor. While evaluating who will come back next season, I realized that Coach Floyd has a lot more potential players than available scholarships. I guess this happens every year, but it seems that this year in particular, Coach Floyd may have some difficult decisions to make. With a scholarship limitation of 13, here's how I break it down:
Scholarship Players (Returners & Commits)
Dwight Lewis, Leonard Washington, Marcus Simmons, Kasey Cunningham, Nikola Vucevic, Mamadou Diarra, Donte Smith, Mike Gerrity, Alex Stepheson, Renardo Sydney, Noel Johnson, Solomon Hill, Derrick Williams, AND PERCY MILLER
That's 14 scholarships right there!
Taj Gibson, Demar Derozan, Marcus Johnson (applying for NCAA reinstatement year of eligibility, I hear)
Leaving Hackett and other non-scholarship players out of the equation, it appears that Floyd has some shuffling to do. In the updated NBADraftExpress projection, Demar is #12, and Taj, Dwight, and Daniel are not projected to be drafted. Plus, we still have other high school recruits that we could land, specifically Donte Medder or Dominique O'Connor at point guard.
Might Floyd actually prefer for Taj to leave? Will he encourage Demar to leave at #12? Might he encourage Marcus Johnson not to apply for a 1 year eligibility reinstatement? Might he drop injury-prone Kasey Cunningham? Might he drop Diarra or Donte Smith from scholarship? Is there anyway to get Lil Romeo off his hoops scholarship? Lil Romeo is really taking up a critical spot. I am sure that Coach Floyd really wants to find room to add a young, quality PG recruit this year.
Again, I guess this happens every year, yet this year, it appears that Floyd will have even more difficult decisions to make than usual regarding some nice talent. How do you fit the pieces of the puzzle together? Let me know if I made any errors in this break down, please.