While it would be nice to have all 13 scholarships filled, I don't think the addition of two more freshman, two
more transfer question marks, or two more question marks at all would have helped us win any more games in the 1/3 of the season Copeland would be out.
Firstly, if there was a transfer out there that was another Copeland/Jordy/Watson and they wanted to play here, then I guarantee you that he would be a Husker. I thought the staff did a damn fine job of filling some much needed filled holes this off season.
Secondly, I see some mentioning chemistry and I totally agree. With such a brand new team, chemistry might be a challenge. Something to think about though is "is filling 2 more spots with question mark players going to hurt or help in the long run?" As I mentioned in the last paragraph, if there was a no question would help us immediately player out there, he'd be here. But to now go the first 1/3 of a season splitting the minutes up even more amongst the new question mark players and then taking that many more minutes away would hurt chemistry more I think.
Thirdly, I 100 percent agree that's we are a better team with Copeland. However, I also believe that we have the ability to win all of our games prior to him becoming eligible. It isn't just my Rose Colored Glasses this year either. We have depth (All 11 scholarship guys I feel are actual players that could help). We have better shooting (The addition of Allen and Palmer, Glynn and Jack getting better, and possibly Roby breaking out). We have two true posts. We should have better D (Less doubling down, two big inside presences, good guard play). All of that is without Copeland. Sure the addition of him only adds to that, but not having him doesn't automatically create an L either.
Fourthly, the loss of Ed and MJ hurt. No doubt about that. The addition of Copeland took a little of that sting away. Then we added Okeke and Allen as well. We want to talk about chemistry, well do we think having those two automatically increases our chemistry? I don't honestly. Production is one thing and I think they would have helped there no doubt. However is a decreased Ed/MJ role going to help chemistry? Is someone who was very critical about AW leaving only to walk himself someone who would have helped chemistry? You traded that for a "last chance U" grad transfer who wants to prove himself, a struggling performing 5* who now gets a shot in the best basketball conference in the nation, and a top 150 Freahman guard. My point is that while in production MJ and ED would have helped, there could have been chemistry issues even with vets on the team. Sometimes new is the way to go. See Petteway, Pitchford year 1.
Also, I'm not so sure the production of ED and MJ can't be offset by the production of Okeke, Copeland and Allen this year. Honestly would probably take the last group. Even if I only get 1 for 2/3 of a season.