Can Caleb Fields consistently dish and dime? Can he be counted on to beat the press? Most importantly, can he elevate the guys around him?
In Boone, Omier was bottled up and frustrated. In Conway, Norchad was the reckoning.
Are we ready to believe yet?
He was everywhere, drilling threes, pounding layups, robbing boards – where was this guy when Han Gruber was assembling his Nakatomi Tower Heist?
It was like going to Silver Dollar City and watching a master craftsman at work. But instead of forging a horseshoe or weaving a wicker basket, Omier was pounding slams and robbing boards.
Yes, the Red Wolves return nearly everyone, with t walk-on freshman Nicholas Tingling and transfer junior Desi Sills as the only newcomers. But is Sills really the “big-time Sun Belt weapon” CBS projects the 6’2″ guard to be?
Nostalgia won’t win games, though. Last year’s team finished 11-13 (7-8) However, you could see that there was something different about the 2020-21 version of the Red Wolves. They played with cohesion. They began to reduce mistakes. Those painfully long scoring droughts melted away.
The defense is more intense. Fewer passes are sailing into the stands. Fans are no longer enduring comically long scoreless streaks. Omier went from South of the Border novelty to a legit basketball phenom. Fields seems to be recharged by senior Marquis Eaton’s sterling example as a leader and scorer. Wesley appears to be a successful junior college transfer willing to pound out some minutes and highlights. The pieces have clicked into place, with experience the only ingredient lacking.