With Midnight Madness already behind us and Haunted Hoops approaching at ludacris speed, I can't help but get a little fired up about the upcoming season. Tall Titan over at MUScoop posted a great thread that I thought everyone here should take a gander at. (You will need a solid 15 min's to get through all of it, but it's totally worth it)
It's a poll of Dominic James' greatest play/performance while at MU. What makes it great is that for every possible choice (total of 17), Titan has posted the video clip for you to view. This will officially get you fired up for Marquette basketball! While watching I couldn't help but be reminded of how incredible the seniors were and how they will be sorely missed. Further, while D Wade was obviously an incredible player at MU, I don't know that there is another player that has ever entertained me nearly as much as Dom did. And this is in spite of the fact that he could never lead MU to a long post season run. It's a shame he doesn't have a consistent enough jumper to make it in the Association because he would continue to give us those "holy shit, did you just see that?" moments.
So (now that I'm done crying).......now that James, McNeal, and Matthews are out of the picture, and the next generation is officially donning MU gear, who do we predict will be the next face of the Marquette franchise? Similar to the '05 class, there is a lot of talent in this year's class. That being said, do we foresee a 3-amigo-like effort by the likes of Maymon, Williams, Cadougan (after he recovers from the ruptured achilles' of course)? Will Maymon step up to the physicality of the Big East and stand out alone? Will Lazar have a Steve Novak-like senior season and bust out on the national level, in doing so, lead his young team to a successful Big East season? Or will we have to wait for the arrival of Vander Blue before we see our next impact player?
There are far too many uncertainties going into this next season to make anything predictable. However, one thing that I can predict with confidence, is that this next generation of players is going to be interesting, entertaining, and frustrating all at the same time. Anything resembling the '05-'06 season will be a success in my mind. Stay tuned for my next post which will include predictions for the '09-'10 season.