What was eye opening to me was in CEM's article, he said that Quadry played a role in recruiting Banks:
"While Bonaventure associate head coach Steve Curran took the lead in Banks’s recruitment, the program’s New Jersey ties also played a role. Banks and Quadry Adams, who hadn’t known each other previously, worked out together during their spring break two weeks ago. Adams told Banks about how much he was enjoying his Bonaventure experience, posting a short clip of his recruitment efforts to Instagram. Banks also spent time with star senior Kyle Lofton on his visit. Lofton told his fellow Jerseyan that his four years at Bonaventure have been the “best years of his life.”"
Daryl Banks III scheduled visits to St. Bonaventure, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Robert Morris University and Loyola Marymount University after entering the transfer portal. He canceled the latter three.pickinsplinters.com
Quadry was a solid player, but I'm not sure we would have been in great shape with him playing major minutes night in and night out. He was incredibly athletic and quick, but it's hard to win with a guard that won't or can't shoot it from deep.I'm very disappointed to see Quadry go. I think he had player written all over him. But you can't blame a kid for leaving when a staff is recruiting (signing FA's) over your position, and it's clear that he's on a team where you either make the starting 5 or play spot minutes.
Luc is a solid pickup that still fits even if Dom and Kyle come back. Established D1 success, 3 years eligibility, and the chance to take the keys in 2 years after backing up and learning this year. Or, he’s got the PG spot in his sights this year if Lofton doesn’t return. Either way. This is one more guard that I’m happy to welcome.Do we really need any more guards, assuming Lofton & Welch return? If we sign another guard, I have to imagine one of them plans on going pro, but it seems unlikely to me.
Lofton, Welch, Rumpel, Flowers and Banks. Why would another guard commit here? Minutes will be hard to come by for any additional guard even if Welch plays extended minutes at the 4.
This is my uneducated breakdown on the starting 5 next year:
PG - Lofton 38 MPG / Rumpel 2 MPG
G - Flowers 30 MPG / Banks 6 MPG / Rumpel 4
G - Banks 20 MPG / Welch 20
G/F - JNT - 15 / Welch 15 / Evans 10
C- OO - 32 / AM 8
Just looking at the above, it seems like we might lose one more player. My guess would be JNT, but who knows.
Luc is a solid pickup that still fits even if Dom and Kyle come back. Established D1 success, 3 years eligibility, and the chance to take the keys in 2 years after backing up and learning this year. Or, he’s got the PG spot in his sights this year if Lofton doesn’t return. Either way. This is one more guard that I’m happy to welcome.
No doubt about it.It's a fair point, but I have to imagine he was aware upon making his decision that the PG spot isn't necessarily open next year. Banks' comments in CEM's article indicate the staff isn't shying away from letting recruits know there may be 3 5th year starters coming back.
Maybe it's foolish, but I also have to keep some faith that if we actually have guys 6-8 in the rotation capable of high level contributions at 15-20 a night, we're more likely to play more of a true rotation vs the iron 5 bullshit. I think simply not having the horses to do that each of the last 2 years was much more the issue than was outright neglecting to play a rotation.
Plenty to speculate on. At this point I'm putting faith in the results and trajectory over the last 7 seasons continuing forward.