Monroe, Hoyas hope to rebound after disappointment
As far as John Thompson III is concerned, no one is exempt from blame for the way
“From the top on down – down to the guy who cleans the gym – we can find a reason how someone, all of us, could have done something different,” the coach said. “You go through that process of introspection. You try to adjust, you try to tweak, you try to change.”
With zero seniors on the roster and sophomore center
Two seasons removed from a Final Four appearance,
“We went through that. We have to learn lessons from that. The taste is in our mouth. We can’t forget that. That has to be a part of growing,” Thompson said. “But at the same time, we’re not going to harp on it, either.”
There were plenty of problems that showed up in box scores:
“Everybody kind of struggled shooting, making shots, especially down the stretch,” point guard
Ah, yes. Down the stretch. Six of
Those late-game issues confounded Thompson.
“That was new for me. My teams have always been terrific in those segments, when it comes time to win. I take pride in that,” he said.
“More so than any other time that I’ve been a coach, when it got to the close games, we didn’t make the plays. That’s something that is new and different,” Thompson added. “We didn’t make the plays – offensively, defensively, rebounding. You can go across the board. Every game was a different thing.”
Monroe was the only non-senior voted to the
“He needs to understand – and I think he’s doing a lot better of job of understanding – when to take over games. Because he has the power to take over any game whenever he wants to,” Wright said. “So it’s just a matter of him knowing, ‘When the game is on the line, we need you to score, Big Fella. We don’t need you kicking it out.”‘
Monroe was second on the Hoyas in scoring average (12.7 points), led the team in rebounding (6.5) and blocked shots (1.5), and earned
While there was talk that he could leave for the pros, Monroe said it was an easy decision to stick around, because he didn’t feel he was ready to go to the NBA.
“It wasn’t my time yet,” Monroe said. “A lot of people probably think I could have, but me personally, I thought one more year would be better for me.”
He – and Thompson – are hoping it will be better for
“We all know last year was a tough year. Like any other team, we go through our ups and downs. It’s crazy to say because we had one bad season, that’s the downfall of