Not There Yet

After Frank Martin’s first season at the helm of the men’s basketball team, it is obvious there is a lot of work to be done. As fans we have seen plenty of improvement this season from last in all facets of the game. There is more effort on both ends of the court and an improved team free throw percentage as well. Coach Martin has done an excellent job this season by getting the most out of his players and expressing his frustration when he feels they did not give 100% effort throughout the course of the season. They have been in position to win the majority of the games this season only to fall short. This seems to stem from the importance of effort and togetherness Coach Martin instills in his players.

Why can’t they win the close ones?

The same reason it took Coach Spurrier 7 seasons to get the football program where it is today. Coach Martin does not have the system players in place that he would like to have and will not have them for two or three more recruiting cycles, it is a process.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and as fans we must have patience.

With guys like Sindarius Thornwell, Desmond Ringer, and Justin McKie coming in the 2013 cycle there is promise and the 2014 cycle has started off with a bang, landing Columbia point guard Marcus Stroman.
There will be significant improvement top to bottom next season with a lot of familiar faces returning, guys like Carrera and Chatkevicius have gained one year of experience at the college level and will show strides of improvement over the off season.

There is a transition whenever a program changes coaches and it is not always easy. Frank Martin has taken what was given to him, with little time to recruit when he arrived and was able to put a young team on the floor that gave 100% most of the time, even when it was obvious they were not the better team. Going into year two should be fun to watch for all of Gamecock Nation and I am predicting a 18 or 19 win team in the 2013-2014 season.

Ryan Hood