Forgive me for looking ahead - it's a slow afternoon, and I'm having a hard time trying to muster up any sort of excitement about the remainder of the season. While it seems there will be some further bumps in the road in the coming weeks, I'm ready to start looking at (hopefully) some brighter days ahead. With that being said, here are some thoughts/wonderings I've got about our roster moving forward. 1. Will we try to make a late addition to the 2021 class given the (potential) departures this offseason? Or will we bank those extra scholarships for the transfer market in hopes of landing some players who will be more "plug and play" instant impact guys? 2. What is going on with 2022 recruiting? I haven't followed as closely as I used to, but it seems like it's been ages since we've been legitimately connected to any prospect. It's not Brandon Miller's lost summer quiet, but still. I understand COVID has put a damper on things, but it's starting to get a bit late in the game for 2022. Hopefully we start to see some movement here this Spring. 3. I get that we all want to upgrade the talent in the program, but I hope that our coaches are not only evaluating how the player does on the court, but also looking into the player's personality and make up as a person. Are we doing the necessary digging to assess a kid's character, work ethic, toughness, and response to adversity? Are we talking to their teachers, principals, coaches, opposing team's coaches to do a deep dive on the type of kid we are bringing in? I think this is really where we've made our hay as a program in the past, and the current trends are troublesome. Below is a look at who LaVall has brought in. LaVall's Recruits: - Bryce Golden - Fine player. Hasn't taken the next step we'd hoped he would. - Markeese Hastings - Injury problems. COVID Opt-Out. Assuming he won't be back. Questionable take - Jordan Tucker - Solid player. Questionable work ethic/toughness. Left early to be a TikTocker? - Khalif Battle - Limited playing time FR year - transfers out. Whispers of not "vibing" with coaches. - John Michael-Mulloy - Seems to have a great attitude, but very limited as a player. At best, a role player. - Derek Smits - Transfer. Not very good. A big body. - Myles Tate - Quick, but small. We'll see. Seems to have good body language. - Chuck Harris - Better shooter than expected, somewhat limited athletically. - Myles Wilmoth - Incredibly high ceiling. But potential is a dangerous word. We'll see. - JaKobe Coles - Seems to be a solid player. - Scooby Johnson - No idea what to think here. - Bo Hodges - Transfer. Lots of talent. Academically ineligible for some reason. Hopeful he turns it around. - Jair Bolden - Transfer. Meh. Replacement level shooter. If this was baseball, his WAR would be 0.1. That's 4 of the 13 that have had some type of "issues". 5 of 13 if you count Hodges. Maybe this is the norm around college basketball, but we just haven't been accustomed to it as much here at Butler. At the end of the day we all want more talent. But we need to strike a better balance of "fit" and talent. And maybe this is a recruiting budget issue, and more of the blame should be placed there. Hard to say. Anyways, if you've made it this far I appreciate you reading my ramblings. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else thinks about what needs to happen moving forward.