Starting Over

By Ian Guerin - October 09, 2007

CONCORD, N.C. -- Barclay Radebaugh sat in the Charleston Southern locker room before his team's final game and the apparent truth to the downfalls of the 2006-2007 season continued to smack him in the face.

Through injuries and suspensions, Radebaugh's team was down to just six scholarship players for that final game. Throw in the buzz saw that was Winthrop and Radebaugh's close friend Gregg Marshall, and the Buccaneers didn't stand a chance.

As soon as the 30-point whupping was over, Radebaugh could get to work on figuring out what went wrong.

"I looked at every aspect," Radebaugh said. "Conditioning. Training. Shoes. [Even] in-soles. Training staff."

The offseason appears to have worked out, though, in that with all the losses, Radebaugh could offer some players time on the court right away. It has paid dividends in the form of what he called his best recruiting class in three tries.

Two of the recruits, guards Jamarco Warren and Tovi Bailey, were honored as Georgia All-State first-teamers. Considering the other two seniors on that list heading to the University of Georgia and the fifth was only a sophomore, it was somewhat of a major recruiting coup for Radebaugh.

It was also a necessary one if the CSU is going to get out of it's somewhat eternal rut. The Bucs are nearly 200 games under .500 in their all-time ledger and have been to just one NCAA tournament in 42 years of basketball.

The losing mark didn't get any help last season, when after a 5-3 start, Radebaugh's bunch lost 13 consecutive games, a stretch that panned into the middle of the conference season.

Starting over from scratch, Radebaugh said, might just be a good thing.

"I think it's helped us," he said, "In every way possible."

Posted by Ian Guerin at 03:27 PM on October 09, 2007

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