1. Haith talks about ... well, a lot of things
Rosters are being rebuilt around the conference, especially at Missouri, where third-year coach Frank Haith will have six eligible newcomers this season: a Division I transfer, a junior college transfer and four freshmen. So far, freshman guard Wes Clark, who will inherit Phil Pressey’s No. 1 jersey, and junior college forward Keanau Post have caught the coaching staff’s attention during team workouts.
"Those two guys are the newcomers that stand out," Haith said during today’s SEC teleconference. "But it’s still early. A guy like Johnathan Williams III, he’s got a chance to be an outstanding player. They’re all working tremendously hard in the weight room. I think the one thing you’ll notice when you look at our team is when those guys stand next to our returning guys there’s a difference. Obviously there’s a maturation. They’re younger, but their bodies are different."
On the his thoughts heading into the fall with a remade roster …
"Obviously, I’m really excited about next season. I think we’re a young team with only two seniors in Earnest Ross and Tony Criswell returning, and we’ve got some newcomers and freshmen and a junior college transfer in Keanau Post, but I like what we’ve done in terms of putting together a roster. The returning guys have all worked really, really hard. Earnest Ross, Jabari Brown, even a guy like Jordan Clarkson, who was a sit-out guy and Tony Criswell, those guys have worked their tails off and gotten better, which gives us a great foundation to work with going into next season."
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4. More from the SEC teleconference
I'm pretty sure I've had this rant before -- okay, I know I have -- but the "flood of transfers" talk is just so silly and self-serving. Coaches complaining about it is silly because of the "I can leave for another school the day after Signing Day" factor. Writers complaining about it is silly because we try to get away with saying that student-athletes don't have enough rights in one breath, then announce that we want to limit their transfer rights in the next. Just a silly topic. Transfers annoy me sometimes because I can't keep up with rosters as well (and it always really annoys me when somebody transfers from or to a team the day after I do that team's damn preview), but I get over it.