As I'm sure you all know, before Marquette Madness yesterday Coach Buzz Williams got his fifth and most likely final committment for the class of 2009 from Brett Roseboro of Quakertown Pennsylvania. Now when I first caught wind of this my first question was, "Who the hell is Brett Roseboro?". So being that I didn't have a clue who this guy is, my first action was to look at the espn and rivals recruiting databases to find out who this guy is. And what did I find there? Pretty much what my first reaction was, "Who the hell is Brett Roseboro?". That's right, his name didn't even pop up on the recruit search, which made me even more confused/worried. I wondered why we recently made an offer to this guy (word is 3 weeks ago) when we were on the narrow list of the likes of highly sought after recruits Snaer, Colvin, and Jamil Wilson. It just didn't make much sense to me.
Rewind ~6-8 weeks ago. When it became evident that we had a legit shot at landing Snaer or Colvin, while I loved to hear it and hoped that we could get either of them, I still felt that their biggest position of need going in to the 2009 season was at Power Forward. And I also thought that Buzz was on the same page with me when he continually reiterated how unbalanced our team is as a whole (alluding to Crean's failures in balancing out his team the past few years, which is well deserved). That being said, looking to next year, after O'Tule (6'10") and McMorrow (7'0), our next biggest guy is 6'7". Meaning our depth in the "true" frontcourt is still a bit lacking. While that seems huge compared to what we have had the past couple of years, neither O'Tule nor McMorrow are projected to be dominant big men that eat up minutes. Furthermore, when comparing this roster to the rest of the Big East, it is still likely in the lower 1/2 or 1/3 in terms of size.
So what's the solution? Find a power forward. And not a Tom Crean "Power Forward" (No complaints about Lazar, but it's just not fair when he goes against the likes of UConn, Georgetown, Pitt, and Louisville whose SG's and SF's are as big as he is let alone their PF's and C's). So here's the scoop with this Roseboro cat (per Todd Rosiak).
1. He brings size - 6'9 1/2" 220lbs. He has a size 19 shoe, huge hands, and according to Rosiak is still growing.
2. "Toughness" - a word that both Buzz Williams and Tom Crean beat to death, but I agree with it's importance. You can have your 7' soft whities. I'll take a guy that's 2-3 inches shorter and tough as shit. And word on the street is he is a hard worker/blue collar kind of guy. I think this is the kind of image we need to continue and need to grow, and I think Buzz stresses this as an area of importance. I think the 3 amigos have given Marquette this kind of reputation and with them leaving after this year, we need to find guys to continue this tradition.
3. Seems to be a late riser - He isn't playing at Oak Hill Academy or St Anthonys/St Benedicts in New Jersey. He plays at a small unknown school in Quakertown Pa. and I don't think they have won or are going to win a state championship. Therefore, scouts likely aren't going out of their way to go and see you play unless you are a special talent. However, after playing in the traveling summer and fall leagues, scouts really began to take notice. Sounds like he made a lot of noise on one of the better teams in his league. Overall, my hunch is that since he is still growing and is already 6'9, he simply might have just had trouble adjusting to his growth spurt and transforming himself into a low post kind of guy. And now that his growth has slowed down, he has had a chance to develop his skills more as a post player and rebounder.
So in conclusion......while Brett Roseboro may not be your McDonald's All-American, ESPN100, or your typical blue chip prospect, I think that it addresses an absolute area of need at this time and solidifies arguably one of the best and most balanced classes MU has seen (only time will tell I guess). While I would have loved to get Snaer, I feel that between the guards of Aker, Cadougan, Buycks, Cubillan, and with Maymon and Butler potentially playing the 2 at times, there really isn't going to be enough playing time to go around for that caliber of player that is going to want to start immediately and get a lot of minutes on top of that. Combine that with the addition of Lazar Hayward's senior/leadership season, Erik Williams, and Joseph Fulce I think we will have plenty of offensive firepower to compete in the Big East. In adding what looks to be more of a roll playing PF, I think that the class of '09 combined with O'Tule, McMorrow, Fulce, and Butler is not only talented but is also well balanced and is a great foundation to follow the loss of James, McNeal, and Matthews. Going into 2009, our roster should look something like this:
PG: Acker, Cadougan, Frozena
SG: Cubillan, Buycks, Butler
SF: Maymon, Williams, Fulce, Hazel
PF: Hayward, Roseboro
C: McMorrow, O'Tule
Now that is balance! If you throw Snaer or Colvin in at PG/SG, we're still thin on the front court. Furthermore, throw Jamil Wilson into that mix and considering he's 6'7", again we really only have 2 legite guys to play in the power forward and center position. So looking further ahead to the class of 2010, dropping Hayward, Cubillan, and Acker, Buzz will be able to stress the guard position considering the depth we will have in the 3,4,5 positions, and possibly get that Michael Snaer caliber guy. All in all, I like it. The class of 2009 is still outstanding even though we didn't close it out with Snaer, Colvin, or Wilson. Although, I found it interesting that Rosiak mentioned that one of their committments is not out of the realm of possibility. I can't quite figure out how that would work, but he claims it's possible. If that somehow happens, it will hands down be the best class in my 3 decades of existence. So while this Roseboro character may not be a big time prospect, let us not forget a guy by the name of Dwayne Wade was overlooked by the scouts as well. That is all. Can't wait for the season to begin!