Thanks to everyone for these reports.
It seems like our team is about where we thought it would be, more or less. Very hopeful we'll get reports from Italy.
On the plus side, Larsen sounds even better than some of the write-ups on this board suggested and it sounds like as long as his defense and rebounding aren't liabilities, he'll get major minutes. Garino in limited action sounds like he showed what we saw in multiple TV games (a player who can contribute right away, maybe even start). Savage sounds as good as advertised, but better than I expected (sonds like he really can attack the basket at this level so he can be an effective player even before that jump shot develops). Paris sounds like what I thought (some skillm but a year or two away from being a real factor). Armwood sounds as advertised.
The one real question is Joe McDonald. Sounds like he has been a pass-first guy who has shown real promise but hasn't taken over his team.
This Italy trip will be huge for him - a chance to play with the team in a system that should be a good fit for him, and in a better environment for his type of game than the unstructured Kenner League. Based on all these reports, he seems like the key guy to our season - if we can get quality PG play from him, we could suprise people, but if he struggles like most freshmen and we're forced to rely on Bynes too much, then the most important position on the court becomes our achiles heel.
Regardless, with the addition of Larsen and Armwood, a full season from Smith, some improvement and more strengthn from Kopriva, and hopefully Pellom back to form by games, we should have the best front court since the Dokun Akinbade/Rob Diggs/Damian Hollis era (deeper but less experienced than that). With Kromah and Garino on the wings, along with Savage and Mkic, we should be deep and talented there.
So again, the one question mark really is the adjustment period for Joe McDonald.
For those who have seen them play, and aren't just going off reports on tihs board like I am, please correct me if you think my impressions are wrong.