OK, I'll give more straightforward responses:
To Dr. Basketball:
1) Your coment that the best we can do is hope for Loyola cast-offs is really dumb. I mean classic message-board inanity (and believe me, I've spouted plenty myself, so I know it when I see it). How would you possibly know who they are going after? Just becasue someone on an anonymous message board said that we should go after a Loyola cast-off doesn't make it our only option.
2) For the record, I am not happy with what has transpired, but I am still excited about our 4 freshmen from this past year, about the improved play on the court, about how hard they played, and about the potential ahead. Losing Nigel is a buzzkill because he could have been the star of an NCAA team if he came here (and especially rough because his verbal may have influenced Rene Castro to go where there is less competition).
But, I'd add getting Lonergan's guys in here was always going to be the key to our longtetrm success so while the Pellom and Kromah losses are tough to take this year, in the long run they don't mean much to our program (unless they kept a guy like Nigel from coming, which is very possible). I would add that the Pellom loss was expected, Kromah loss was predicted all year by Thinker (despite Kromah's many flaws, I was still surprised and disappointed that the coaches let it gete to the point he would leave), and if Mikic leaves that would be no surprise and probably no great loss.
3) You can compare me to Blue Seats if you want, but my history on this board is defending coaches/the direction of the program when I think it's warranted (like early in the Hobbs years when others were calling for his head after the AU loss), calling for a new direction when it's clear we aren't getting back to the tourney again under that coach (like late in the Hobbs years), and generally calling it like I see it.
4) I agree with every answer in your post, until the end. I do think it's possible that the transfers and blunt coaching style have affected recruits, though there's no way to know. On the Gimmelstob comparison, that seems a bit harsh to eeven suggest. As I understand it, Gimmelstob was a screamer in the Mike Rice mold who alienated his players by being a dick. Lonergan is an extreme attention to detail to guy who knows basketball so well that he can see flaws instantly, and can't help but point them out. Some players are not going to react well ot that kind of attention to detail and bluntness. Maybe those skills eventually stunt his development as a coach, but all we really know is that he took a team relying heavily on 3 freshmen - and starting a 4th for part of the year - and got them to be competitve in almost every game, while being the most efficient team we've had in 6 years. Most outside observers think the trajectory is pointing way up for GW, so while it's possible the whole thing could collapse in mutiny, that seems unlikely.
5) If you want to make a comparison, perhaps it's to Jarvis at St. John's, where the AAU coaches turned on Jarvis because he was too honest and wouldn't play the game the way they demanded. Maybe the AAU crowd will never be down with Lonergan because he plays a different style from what they prefer and because he doesn't coddle the players like they want? I don't know, but perhaps ML has to figure out a way around the AAU guys to land the great players (like he did with Garino and Larsen).
6) You are always underwhelemed - especially by Omar Williams. I do agree that if we don't get another ball handler, .500 will be tough (unless we go back to Hobbs-level scheduling, in which case we'll be .500 easy), but if you didn't see progress on the court this year, you don't know basketball. The product we watched this year was better than it's been since 2007.
7) Thank you. Well put.
8) Good point. ML has repeatedly said he wants to run more, when he can. And if there's one thing we know, it's that he says what he thinks to a fault.
9) CBO's questions were all negative. As LA Fan alluded to, one of the questions should have been, :"Does starting 4 freshmen make it extremely difficult for us to recruit?" I would say that is as much a factor as any of the questions CBO chose ask.
11) Remember to look at the Hobbs years - when he landed the great Hall/Pops/Omar/Mike class, it was 3 more years before another quality frontcourt player would sign with us (Rob Diggs, who was somewhat under radar anyway). We landed Damian Hollis only after those guys left - and I would submit he probably doesn't come here if he knew he was playing behind Mike Hall.
One thing that did work for Hobbs was that he landed that frontcourt one year, then Carl/JR/Lucas backcourt the next. Then, he still managed to get Maurice Rice, though that was aided by the fact that most schools wouldn't touch him due to his bogus HS. I think it wold be hard to consistently land high quality guards to GW to come in behind freshmen starters. The next high caliber recruit was Noel Wilmore, who probably was enticed by playing time opening up by Ricky Lucas' transfer. All this isn't an excuse, just to say, it is very tough to recruit to GW wehen we have 4 freshmen who started - though Lonergan's ability to find capable players will ultimately determine this success or failure of his 5 year contract.
12) Everyone has to remember that this messageboard is not the definitive arbiter of everything our coaching staff is doing. I am sure they are working on Plan Bs. Maybe it will work, maybe not, but at least wait to until the recruit/transfer period is over before turning into Chicken Little.
13) I know our fan base is frustrated. We have had 6 years of futility after a stretch where we made the NCAAs 8 times in 15 years. Is there trouble in Camelot? Sure, maybe. But every new coaching staff desrves time and support to get their guys and their system in place. Despite Nigel's de-commit, losing one year of Kromah, and even stipulating to Thinker's assertion that Lonergan is gettting a reputation as too harsh, the outside world sees a program that took a big step forward this year and is headed in the right direction. For now, that is basically correct, and perhaps there will be some good recruiting news before all is said and done this off-season.