By now one would have thought the rotation would have some stability, instead Paul Hewitt seems to get into trouble and then just cycling through the bench desperately looking for a spark. Last night was another prime example. Anali Okoloji, who started 18 straight games, is now not even playing. At one point when Mason was still in the game, Hewitt had a lineup that consisted of Vaughn Gray, Vertrail Vaughns, and freshman Patrick Holloway. Those three have rarely played consistent minutes this year and I know the rest of the team wasn’t hitting shots but I just don’t see how that’s you’re best lineup based on what we have seen this year. I don’t disagree with the Okoloji benching but it just again shows the poor roster management. It’s just difficult to try to understand what Hewitt is doing with the rotation right now.
Let’s get back to the forwards because the lack of a post presence is getting to be rather alarming. Erik Copes and Johnny Williams don’t seem to be getting any better. Copes at least has the excuse that he is playing hurt but Williams seems to be getting softer and softer. Wasn’t assistant coach Roland Houston supposed to develop big men for us? Jon Arledge and Marko Gujanicic are playing hard and you can’t fault them for that, but they foul a lot and aren’t true post players. Both prefer to play more outside and Mason doesn’t need more of that, they need tough inside guys.
The team is just a mess and can’t seem to put together against good teams. We see different lineups each game it seems. Sometimes it clicks and other times we get what we saw last night. On offense it seems that if Sherrod Wright doesn’t score over 20 points the team has trouble reaching 60 points. They need an identity on offense and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon.