doesn't take an insider to realize Calixte and the combo of the smaller freshman 4's would be the go to. Not sure where the sudden revere on this board for Relvao's on court play has come fromPretty obvious from everyone talking about the upcoming season that Calixte was going to be the starter.
Most teams in America are 1-2 illnesses/injuries away from being significantly weakened and Mason is no exception.
If Otis or Jaire get sick or miss extended time because of injury, we obviously have a huge problem. That also was the case before Relvao announced he was leaving.
This roster is what it is. We don't have much depth. We might end up having to give 1-2 of the walk-ons spot minutes at some point this season.
But suggesting that Relvao's departure will cost us 5 games is silly. He literally was the last eligible scholarship player on the depth chart. If we were relying on him to play a significant role, we were already screwed.
Again, we'll miss the slight depth addition, but we need to be realistic about what the kid could offer the team. I wish him all the best in the future.
My concern is we had 10 fouls to give in the post, now only 5.
I totally get that Relvao was going to end up playing back up minutes and that this is a guard oriented team, BUT those are now roughly 6-8 minutes a game we have to replace, and 5 less fouls at a position that is paper thin in terms of size and experience. The sky isn't falling; nowhere close to it, but one can't act like this doesn't matter at all.
Nobody is saying Relvao was a stud, but like others said he could give you a handful of minutes, especially during games where foul trouble becomes a factor.
We aren't gonna miss Relvao for his talent/skillset, it's the 5 fouls and big body to defend other big bodies and garbage minutes to spell our starters that we are gonna miss.
Agree with the biggest impact being the minutes, and the fouls he could give. This will set us up for a better season next year though. I'm still giving the team a pass this season with very high hopes for next season.
Look Jim , I'm not saying Relvao leaving is gonna cost us that many losses. You missed my point. What if Calixte fouls out and Mar and Wilson can't bang with the big boys down low, what do we do? We have no one to replace them with in the half court. We are one Greg Calixte injury away from a 5-guard lineup for the entire season.
Which year was this?
Cooke, Smith, Davis and Pollard were sophomores. Pierre was a junior and Sibert was a senior.
That was the extent of their scholarship rotation. They had nobody over 6-6 but still made the NCAA and won a game.
Not suggesting this Mason team can do that, just that it has been done before.
I wasn't trying to accuse anyone of being unrealistic. I just meant that his contributions, and potential contributions, were very minimal. And in the grand scheme, we'll probably be mostly the same as we would have been had Relvao stayed.I think most were being pretty realistic: