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Quick Look at the Roster

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Jack Nicholson must be happy as the Lakers made it to the Finals last night, ensuring that whoever they play in the next round, we will get plenty of flashbacks to the “good old days” when they played in the 1980s. Jack lives a great life…party on a boat with ladies and eat hoagies…what else can you want.

As you may have seen, I have been off on the road for the past couple of days chasing down the law in Southwestern Virginia. I was in towns named “Gate City”, “Lebanon” and “Nickelsville”….if you have ever been to any of these places let me know….because I think the Johnny “The” Bruce and I were the first visitors. This weekend is the official Mosley wedding, which means I will be in Leslie County enjoying the ambiance of my favorite Tim Couch county. While on the road, I did an interview with a radio station in Atlanta and they asked about next season’s confirmed basketball roster….and it was quite striking. In terms of scholarship players for next year, here is who we KNOW will be on the team:

Jared Carter
Jodie Meeks
Perry Stevenson
Ramon Harris
Michael Porter
Patrick Patterson
AJ Stewart
Kevin Galloway
Josh Harrellson
Darius Miller

That is a total of 10 scholarship players. That leaves three open scholarships that could be filled by Derrick Jasper (who I was told expected to get his release yesterday but I havent heard whether he actually did), a qualified DeAndre Liggins or one of the transfers (Kelly or potentially “done deal” Pilgrim) or Hunter McClintock. I dont expect Billy to fill all the spots as he needs to save scholarships for the next year when he only loses Carter (and potentially Patterson) and already has commitments from Vilarino and Hood. Nevertheless, when you look at the above list and take out who I think is likely to not contribute a great deal (Carter, Porter), then you see that guys like AJ Stewart, Josh Harrellson and Kevin Galloway will have to bring it next year and one of the walk-ons (watch out for Mark Krebs) may need to step up his game as well. Should be interesting.

But as long as Meeks and Patterson are healthy, I dont think there is another SEC team with a better 1-2 punch. So we got that going for us…..which is nice.

Article written by Matt Jones