Poog, you are the voice of reason in most everything you write. However, I am going to take exception to the following statement:
"And while I wish the best for our two departing transfers, let's see how they do before making a big deal about where they're playing next year as an indictment of the current staff."
Unfortunately, this statement badly misses the mark. First, how much or little both players play at their new destinations, or how well they perform, have little to do with the GW coaching staff's relationship with these two players over the past two years. It is fair to say that these relationships were contentious at times. In the case of Pellom, all injury reports had him returning to the team by early December. Instead, he opts not to use up his eligibility, that's how badly he wanted a fresh start someplace else. Lasan we've gone over a million times. I am of the mindset that good coaches do adapt their philosophies and strategies to meet the strengths of their personnel. Bill Parcells won with defense in the 1980's and he won with offense a decade later. Pat Riley won with up-tempo Laker teams and then had great success with slow-it-down, grind-it-out teams with the Knicks. Rick Pitino made his mark in coaching by relying on great three point shooting while coaching Providence, then abandoned that philosophy when his talent improved at Kentucky and Louisville.
Coach Lonergan made a conscious decision to coach the way he was accustomed to with KH players put in a position to keep up or see their playing time curtailed. Because of this decision, the indictment is valid regardless of what happens next.
Two other points. First, that these players have ended up at UCONN and Memphis already speaks volumes about this situation. Neither player is intending on being a bench warmer. These schools saw plenty of both players on film, my guess is that they worked out Pellom (if not both) in person, and obviously feel that each could prosper. Second, in the case of Jay Wright, the fundamental difference appears to be that Isaiah and Jay thought very highly of one another. Zeke left for seemingly no other reason than playing style. Interestingly, Zeke was going to be a team captain had he stayed at Villanova. Instead, he and Kopriva became team captains at GW. Two Lonergan guys, one a transfer, the other a sophomore, were captains ahead of Lasan, David, Bryan or Dwayne. I always thought that was very telling.