I think Herink will be in the POTY conversation. Started as a freshman, started-came off bench-then started last 10 or so games with a 27 point game high as a soph, 22-10 team and played in the NCAA tournament. Add a Clay Seifert from Bemidji St and the very good returners. Well let's say, the league will be tough and I got a feeling that the Falcons will be ready!
Do you think RF's geographic proximity to a D-2 league will continue to be a means for them to reload and remain competitive? Are they getting their fair share of freshman recruits and if not, why not?
We all know that Point and WW have used D-1 and D-2 transfers heavily instead of incoming freshmen. Will that force other schools--I guess Oshkosh would be the one at a disadvantage--to use the same approach? They seem to be intent on getting really good freshman (who could have gone D-2 but didn't) and playing them early--e.g. Boots and Wittchow in 2016. Culturally easier to grow your own, I suspect.
Thoughts everyone? Bueller?
Or NOT playing them early
. Last year Oshkosh, for instance, got Sam Johnson, a 6'6" freshman forward who was a 3rd team all-state player in Illinois. Johnson was recruited by about 10 schools, possibly more, including some very
good CCIW schools. No doubt Oshkosh had several positive advantages to offer
. However, had he stayed in Illinois he could have both played at a school that, depending on location, was much easier for his parents to get to and see him play, and
, that is ranked much higher academically. However, as we know, privates just about anywhere are much more expensive than state schools. Accordingly, largely for this reason, Johnson chose UWO. However, once he got there, he played in only 9 games for a total of about 40 minutes all year. Too bad considering that attendance at one, possibly more, of those private schools would have found him being a regular member of the rotation and playing about 15 minutes a game. But, as we know, there are many considerations, both individual and family, that go into making a college choice.
The bottom line here is that Oshkosh certainly didn't play all, or even most, of its freshman not only early, but even very much. A couple
freshman, yes, but a blanket statement inferring that this applies to a majority, is not applicable.