ESPN Summer Shootaround: WCC
Posted by Urika on 7/25/2012, 8:37 am
The song says you're supposed to go to San Francisco, not leave it: The Dons posted a perfectly respectable, even surprising, 20-win season in 2012, but this offseason brought a sudden, unexpected and potentially devastating exodus from the program. Perris Blackwell, Charles Standifer, Michael Williams, Avery Johnson, Khalil Murphy and Justin Raffington all transferred away from San Fransisco. Blackwell and Williams were the team's two leading returning scorers expected to help plug the gap presented by the graduation of 2012 leading scorer Angelo Caloiaro. Head coach Rex Walters will enter the fifth season of his tenure with a major rebuilding project on his docket.
Best-case scenario: When you lose nine players in one offseason, including your three leading scorers (one of which graduated; the others transferred), then your best-case scenario shouldn't even address wins and losses. It's all about laying a foundation, finding new blood and hoping stranded returners Cody Doolin and Cole Dickerson (and UCLA transfer De'End Parker, who transferred to be closer to his ailing mother and is awaiting an NCAA decision on his immediate eligibility) can patch the leaks.
Worst-case scenario: The loss of nine scholarship players does what it is supposed to do: It cripples USF in the short term, dropping a team that won 20 games just a season ago to the very bottom of the WCC.