Rebuilding the Roster: Belmont
Belmont advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Early in 2015 the chances of Belmont playing in March were shrinking.
Murray State made a wonderful run, but Belmont ended it with a Made-for-March moment. Taylor Barnette dropped a wish in the well to oust the Racers for the OVC automatic bid.
The Bruins are expected to claw for a return date this upcoming March, as well.
Is there a team nationally that returns more than 11 players? Four starters walked back in the door this fall. Barnette, Evan Bradds, Craig Bradshaw, and Amanze Egekeze have meaningful experiences. The roster has a few changes, but no OVC team has less rebuilding than anyone.
Only one player transferred out of the program, Caleb Chowbay.
By subbing so frequently, Head Coach Rick Byrd gets excellent contributions from Austin Luke, Jeff Laidig, and Mack Mercer. Depth will be strong.
Attracting bigs is always difficult for OVC programs, but Belmont brought in Seth Adelsperger (Indiana). Adelsperger is a true pivot, standing 6-foot-11. Adelsperger was pursued by Ball State, Indiana State, Valpo, and Evansville. He is not a finished product, but his size and blossoming skills suggest he will contribute seriously by his second or third years in Nashville.
Adelsperger is merely one of three new Hoosiers. The Bruins also signed Michael Benkert and Dylan Windler. The team is now composed of 29.4% Indiana-born players.
Reece Chamberlain, Holden Mobley, Spencer Turner graduated in the spring. Reece was a great rebounder, on top of spearheading the attack. Finding a replacement at the point guard position will be easier than expected. Belmont does not run a traditional PG-driven attack. The primary ball-handler only gets the ball to the frontcourt.
Then the flurry of passes are shared by the many.
And the many are well-schooled in the Belmont basketball. High hopes again for the Bruins.