My perception is the Euro guys we had with Frank were not as aggressive as they needed to be in SEC games as the seasons wore on.
They have the athleticism and skill to play for the national teams in their respective countries when they finish here, but they tend to cave into the intimidation against good opponents. They are good, but the lack of hunger to get to the NBA works against them in college games.
Sadly, that would also apply to most all of our other players in recent years as well. LOL
We have to play A LOT better this year.
And a Gamecock transfers to UMASS, a few followed him to UMASS, some great players stuck around for Frank Martin, Seventh Woods transfered to South Carolina before transferring was and I see no need to bad mouth the only coach to win an NCAA Tourney game in my lifetime.... he is at UMASS, wish him luck as he is in a very small club of coaches to leave South Caroliba and get a job. Hope he has success but loses to us! It shows the growth in our program from Foglers succes, Frank's Final Four run to go with our pledge in facilities as well as Dawn that we were able to move on from one talented coach to another as well as the job Coach Tanner has done with the Athletic Department...You are seeing big time why canning Martin was a good idea. With the wide open portal now players just arent gonna stick around for a guy like Frank Martin
And yet, there are players from both last year's and this year's team leaving the Gamecocks to go play with him. I was ready to try another coach at the end of his 10 years in Columbia, but I never doubted Frank's investment and commitment to his players. It might have been tough love for some, but it was love nonetheless. And for most of his players, that love was mutual.
Yeah, one team finished .500 in conference last year and only won 4 games this year while the other won 7 last year and 6 this year, your right I'll stop now! One had 3 players follow him to his new school...hes a disaster at Umass with everyone leaving after 1 year with him. The guys that followed him there weren't SEC quality anyway, which is why Umass finished with 6 conference wins