With yesterday's news that senior guard Lonnie Jackson will be shelved for the year with a lower leg injury, let's take a look at the hoops scholarship situation over the next few seasons.
|1||Darryl Hicks||Darryl Hicks||Darryl Hicks||Darryl Hicks||Darryl Hicks|
|2||Idy Diallo||Idy Diallo||Idy Diallo||Idy Diallo||Idy Diallo|
|3||Garland Owens||Garland Owens||Garland Owens||OPEN||OPEN|
|4||Will Magarity||Will Magarity||Will Magarity||OPEN||OPEN|
|5||Dennis Clifford||Dennis Clifford||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|6||KC Caudill||KC Caudill||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|7||Lonnie Jackson||Lonnie Jackson||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|8||Olivier Hanlan||Olivier Hanlan||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|9||Dimitri Batten||Matt Milon||Matt Milon||Matt Milon||Matt Milon|
|10||Patrick Heckmann||Jerome Robinson||Jerome Robinson||Jerome Robinson||Jerome Robinson|
|11||Aaron Brown||A.J. Turner||A.J. Turner||A.J. Turner||A.J. Turner|
|12||Eddie Odio||OPEN||Ty Graves||Ty Graves||Ty Graves|
Open scholarships by year:
2017-18 & 2018-19: 7
Assumes: Hicks gets the full four years, redshirt year for Diallo, redshirt year for Jackson, Caudill's back, Hanlan's back.
A lot of assumptions, but good news for Jim Christian on the scholarship front. Had everyone stayed healthy, the first-year Eagles coach would have been facing the prospects of replacing 7-8 scholarship players in 2015-16.
As it stands now, should guys like Jackson and Caudill apply for and receive medical redshirts, and should Hanlan return for his senior season, Christian will have several of this year's key contributors around next year. Throw in the three-man recruiting class of Milon, Robinson and Turner, and a healthy Hicks and Diallo, and there are a surprising number of dece weapons on next year's roster. Go out and grab another impact fifth year transfer and BC just might be able to cobble together a solid, but very young, roster in 2015-16.
The scholarship balance above is also much more manageable for the staff moving forward. Bring in a few four-year recruits a year over the next few recruiting classes and the extreme scholarship imbalance that started under Skinner, and continued under Donahue, almost completely goes away over 1-2 classes. For a long time it was looking like there was really no way out of that situation under Donahue.
Keep me honest in the comments section.