Seth Greenberg, an Auburn, Alabama-College basketball analyst, predicts that new coaches and their teams across the Southeastern Conference for the 2022-23 season will be hard-pressed to keep up with the top teams in the league. One of those teams expected to be among the best in the SEC is the Auburn Tigers.
Asked what he expects to see from the SEC for the 2022-23 season, Greenberg said: “I think there are five or six teams that can go deep into the NCAA Championships.
It sounds funny, but SEC basketball is as deep as SEC football and it probably didn’t happen in a long time,” said Greenberg, who won 380 games as a college coach before moving to television.
At the SEC, five newcomers made their league debut as head coach, and another, Mike White, moved from Florida to Georgia to replace Tom Crane, who was fired.
“If you don’t win, you’re gone,” Greenberg said. “That is why there are six new coaches in the league. The expectations and the resources that have been put into it from building the facilities to hiring coaches, it gives everyone a chance to compete at the highest level.”
Mississippi hired Chris Gans, who was very successful in New Mexico. Yan is familiar with Auburn’s head coach, Bruce Pearl, after nearly upsetting the Pearl’s Final Four in the 2019 NCAA Championship opening round match in Salt Lake City. Jans replaces veteran coach Ben Howland.
“They are all good coaches, they are all different,” Greenberg said. “Chris Gans, he’s like the blue collar guy on the set. He’s going to try to figure out unique ways[to win].”
Florida has hired former Auburn assistant coach Todd Golden to move from the University of San Francisco to Gainesville.
“Todd Golden is the boy wonder of the group,” Greenberg said of the 36-year-old coach who replaced White. “He’ll try to think of you, I think.”
South Carolina fired veteran coach Frank Martin and brought in Lamont Paris from Chattanooga. “I think Lamont may have paid his dues in situations that have been difficult,” Greenberg said. “I think Mike White is a great, great coach.”
Another veteran coach, Konzo Martin, has lost his job and Dennis Gates is his replacement in Missouri. Gates made the move from the Cleveland State of the Horizon League. Gates successfully rebuilt Cleveland State, winning the Horizon League in his second and third years there. Prior to that he had earned a reputation as a strong recruiter in Florida and elsewhere.
LSU also has a new head coach with Will Wade who was fired over NCAA offense issues in place of his team’s performance on court. Matt McMahon, who was a hit at Murray State, will try to replicate that in Baton Rouge.
“I think the coaches are good across the board, but you know what great players make as great coaches,” Greenberg said of the new coaches at the SEC. “Then you have to find a way to evaluate and figure out a way to win this league. They will do it differently. I think that will be the challenge for these guys.”
Greenberg, who has been attending practices around the SEC, visited an exercise in Auburn on the way to SEC Media Days. The Tigers won the league championship last season with a record 15-3, but they have to replace a pair of first-round NBA draft picks for Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler. The Tigers brought in talented newcomers to fill those places as well as a pair of rangers for a roster that brings back the starting rangers.
“I want to see the guards to see if they have a better ability to make decisions, understand speed and engage others,” Greenberg said when asked about his expectations for Auburn. He indicated how the center moved Johnny Broome The strength of the novice forward johan traore Performance will be the keys to success for Tigers 2022-23.
“I think the thing that Bruce developed is strength in numbers,” Greenberg noted. “He’s a 12-year-old in deep men who can play.”
Commenting on Pearl, who is starting his ninth season at Auburn, Greenberg said: “Everywhere he was, he recruited good players and rated better players.”
Greenberg uses guards Jared Harper and Bryce Brown, rookies to the 2019 Final Four, as an example of Pearl’s ability to see possibilities and project how they would develop in college. “If you think about that backcourt, nobody has recruited them, so finding guys who understand how to win, who understand who they are and who understand how to be a winning player through buying, I think that’s the greatest gift for Bruce in recruiting.
“Recruiting Jabari, which is great of course, but recruiting these other people who value and see not just where he is, but where he’s going, and that’s what makes him so good. He did it in Milwaukee, did it in Tennessee, did it in southern Indiana and did it in Auburn. “.
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