I get that line of thought. Adams and Mobley were a special pair that aren't replaceable. But everyone acts as if we have nothing at that position now. We don't go from two all A-10 players to nothing, we have those positions filled, and we'll see how they do. As far as the others go, Taqqee will be the hardest to replace of those 3, he did everything but score. Brockington was a streaky shooter and athletic, and he became a better defender as the season went on, but I'm confident we have someone on the roster who's as good, maybe just not as young - it would have been nice to have him 3 more years. Ayeni was Mr. Foul. The smallest big guy I've ever seen put on the uniform. He couldn't jump, defend, or finish. He had a nice elbow jumper but that's not enough and certainly not everything you want out of your 6-8 PF. He was also a mental liability. I liked the kid but he needs to grow up a bit to play at this level. Ikpeze and Chef are more than capable of making us forget about Ayeni.Unfortunately, I see the Bonnie’s struggling to replace Adams and Mobley, PLUS Taqqee, Ayeni and Brockington. That’s a lot for any team not named Kentucky.
The last 2 times we've lost guys we took steps back - '13 after Nicholson/Cook was a disappointment if only for how the season ended and the tiebreaker. '17 after Posley/Wright we were still in the thick of things. '19? Who knows. I'm not inclined to think we're basement-bound.