Biggest difference: The offense will have a better idea of its strengths when the season begins and an established running back in Crockett.
Off the top of my head, no. I'm sure there are some examples. The Cleveland Cavs were awful for a few years before LeBron came back.
There aren't many 6-10 players who play like guards with his shooting ability and ball-handling. Durant might be the best comparison. That's not to say he'll be as good as Durant, but based on body type and skills, Durant is probably the best one. Paul George is another one who comes to mind.
I'd like to see what he can do when healthy. He played on two surgically repaired hips last season and then suffered a high ankle sprain. He wasn't very explosive last year, but some of that is probably related to the hips. He needs to get stronger. He got pushed around at the rim last year. I'm not sure he's a 30-minute player on a good team, but he's still got time to develop.
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The offense is essentially the same guys as last year, though the two freshman tight ends I wrote about it will be more involved. Albert O has opened a lot of eyes as a receiver. Defensively, Rashad Brandon looks like a possible starter at D-tackle, or at least the No. 3 guy behind Beckner and Logan. The staff has said good things about D-end Nate Howard and corner DeMarkus Acy. They're in position to start.
I'm more of a football guy, and covering an SEC team, I think it would be more interesting to cover a great football team in this league than a great basketball team. Either way, it's more compelling covering football in this league than hoops. Every SEC school cares about football; you can't say the same about basketball.
Culkin had a very good senior year. He developed into an outstanding blocker and was Lock's No. 2 receiver on third down. Both freshmen will play a decent amount, but at this stage Scales is more comfortable blocking and Albert O is more of a downfield receiving threat.
Everything you said has factored in to his record. He's been good, sometimes great, but not consistently great. In his SEC starts, Mizzou has scored 3, 2, 3 and 0 runs.
This is all about Porter Jr. Knox wouldn't have any interest in Mizzou without Knox. Same for Harris, who planned to play with Porter at Washington. Mizzou was in Tilmon's top six last fall, but he's close to Porter and that relationship seems to have rekindled the interest there. That doesn't mean Martin can't be an effective recruiter. He's got the right mix of seriousness and charisma that I believe he'll recruit well at Mizzou, but right now MPJ has been his best recruiting asset.
Porter can be on campus and help recruit, but the school can't pay for his visit like it could for a recruiting visit.
Some of these guys are going to delay their decisions until late in the winter or signing day because that's what high-profile recruits do. If Mizzou gets off to a good start then you might see a few recruits pull the trigger - and that could compel others to join them. Hard to say because it's still so early.
He could but the schedules overlap until midway through the baseball season. He's a pitcher and has had a fairly serious injury, so I'm not sure he's ready to get back on the mound anytime soon. It would be unusual to add a starting pitcher to the weekend rotation midway through the season.
I've said this before and it might sound cynical, but we didn't hear those grumblings when Mizzou was winning the Big 12 North or the SEC East. Those divisions were also won without any starters or contributors from ESL. It's hard to find anyone who has a bad word to say about Odom, but ultimately he'll be defined by how his teams play on Saturdays. High school coaches in Missouri were excited about Kim Anderson when he was hired ... until they weren't excited.
Wow, I haven't decided on what I'm having for lunch and we're already putting Porter's numbers in the rafters?
Football brings in more revenue. Football is bigger in the SEC. I think you favor national success at football if you had to choose between the two. If you're good enough in football to make the playoff, you're a really good program and it isn't just a fluke. You can win a national title in hoops as a lower seed/Cinderella team then have your roster completely deconstructed in the offseason. It's probably harder for your football roster to completely come undone in one offseason.
I wouldn't have concerns about the O-line. They're deep enough that even with every starter back last year there are some backups pushing for starting jobs. I'm not sold on the linebackers yet. Beisel proved last year he can play in the middle. Terez Hall? Brandon Lee? Kaleb Prewett? Are there any impact playmakers there? I'm not sure.
He's a one-and-done. No doubt. He might be the No. 1 pick in this summer's draft if he were available. Every No. 1 ranked basketball recruit since Rivals.com started ranking players in the early 2000s either entered the NBA right away, which they can't do now, or left after just one college season. Ben Simmons, last year's No. 1 overall pick, signed a two-year deal for $12 million with club options for the next few years.
Martin is squeaky clean when it comes to the NCAA. He learned that from Gene Keady. He's savvy enough to live in the gray but not dumb enough to blatantly break rules his first weeks on the job. He said it himself when he visited the P-D last month. If a recruit is pledged somewhere else, he'll go through the coach first and see if there's a chance to recruit the player. Martin talks to ESL coaches. Coaches talk to Tilmon. This is how it works - and it's perfectly legal.