Villanova takes on Temple in an NCAA men’s college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 (11/11/22) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.
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What: NCAA Men’s Basketball
Who: Villanova vs. Temple
When: Friday 11 Nov 2022
Where: Liacouras Center
Time: 7 p.m. ET
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A preview of the season, courtesy of The Associated Press:
Bobby Hurley knows what’s coming.
At some point in the coming months, one of his Arizona State players will walk into his office with some startling news.
“There’s a guy in my team right now who’s probably going to be transferred and I don’t even think he’s going to be transferred,” the coach said.
Just like that, it’ll be time to rework roster plans and scout for a potential replacement. And this storyline is set in college basketball in the age of transfer portals, illustrating how roster management has become a major challenge for coaches facing abrupt – and sometimes drastic – change in a wild world. of free will.
“Coaches love to control things…control the offense, control the defense, control everything in your program so it doesn’t go haywire,” fifth-ranked Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “And roster management is the hardest thing to master because you never know from year to year who’s going to fire, who’s going to turn pro.
“Previously, most colleges (teams) were dealing with three or four new players a year,” Drew added. “Now more and more are dealing with six, seven, eight new players.”
The days are over for confidently projecting what a team will look like after a few years of player development together. Instead, it’s a guess now that players can freely roam to chase minutes or endorsement opportunities elsewhere – especially if they have an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic.
This created a new training routine: spend the season essentially signing your own players to stick around, then dive into the portal afterwards to fill in the inevitable new holes in the roster.
“It’s more intensive than ever in the spring,” said Hurley, who has four transfers and two scholarship freshmen at the start of the season. “Even when your season is coming to an end, you are constantly communicating with your own players, trying to find out where they are, what they might or might not be doing.
“And that would give me an idea of what our roster could potentially look like depending on what everyone is going to decide to do here first. … Then the conversations start to try to reorganize your roster.
The launch of the portal in October 2018 allowed athletes to declare transfer plans and schools to contact them. But the NCAA’s decision in April 2021 to grant the athletes a one-time transfer without a year off was tantamount to a seismic shift.
In its most recent data, the NCAA reported that 1,480 male Division I basketball athletes entered their names into the portal from March to July 2021 at the time the rule was discussed and signed into law, compared to 810 for this range a year earlier. And 1,138 players – 769 undergraduates and 369 graduates – were eventually transferred during the 2020-21 sports season compared to 713 the previous year.
That would equate to nearly a quarter of the purses (over 4,700) available to 363 Division I teams. And that’s just the first few months of what is now a gate rush that has left coaches scrambling .
“You have to be able to pivot and change and change,” said Hubert Davis of top-ranked North Carolina, which reached the NCAA Championship Game last year.
Jon Scheyer, heading into his first season ranked seventh at Duke, put it bluntly: “You have to plan for chaos.”
At a minimum, coaches face tougher decisions in building a roster for the upcoming season, let alone trying to plan for the years to come.
“It’s a headache,” said Miami coach Jim Larranaga, fresh off the program’s first run to the NCAA Elite Eight. “Right now we have four seniors. I would like to replace four seniors with four children in high school. But it will make us so young next year that we won’t be able to compete with the older, more experienced teams. So it’s a constant balancing act. It’s like a swing.
The challenge begins with figuring out how to use a program’s annual 13-scholarship allocation. For many coaches, there is little benefit to using them all, starting with the chances of players seeing little action running away.
“Are 13 guys going to play? No. So who is going to be unhappy? said Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes. “Back when I started I was reopening guys. You say red shirt to someone now, they think you’ve lost your mind.
Scheyer — who succeeds retired Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski — would prefer to withhold at least one scholarship a year to react to the unexpected.
“We want to be careful not to over-recruit to get to where we have 13 scholarships,” said Scheyer, whose first team has two power conference transfers among 11 new players. “Things come late now, so you want to make sure you have some leeway and flexibility. It can be hard to predict.
Michigan State Hall of Famer Tom Izzo has noticed a drop in scholarship numbers across the sport — even with his own team having 10 drafted players this season.
“Why do a lot of schools have 11, 12, 10 scholarship guys? Because they’re waiting for this, they’re waiting for that,” Izzo said. “Or they know they can’t keep 13 happy anymore. So there are kids who don’t get scholarships in high school because everyone else takes the transfer. There are unintended consequences with all of this.
Yet even as Izzo expressed qualms about the impact of the portal, he was quick to say that coaches “have to do what they have to do” in an era of faster layoffs. He also said “I’m fine” with however coaches who adapt.
It was a reminder that change is here and there is nothing coaches can do but be ready for anything.
“You have to do your best,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. “I know it feels like kindergarten. … You can’t be negative about it or complain about it. You just have to accept: it’s the business, it’s the climate we’re in, it’s the landscape.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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