The one thing that most people seem to be forgetting right now is that we have a really good small forward who played a large part in winning the Big East title last year. Gil Brown will be a redshirt sophomore this year and I think he could be up for pulling a Sam Young and win Most Improved Player in the Big East. He’s got a 3-point shot (I know it was very sketchy last year so was Sam Young’s two years ago), the athletic ability to really take the ball to the hoop as well as push it on the fast break, and can play some really solid defense. He went through some growing pains, certainly, but I think this should be a huge year for Gil. If not him, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Brad Wanamaker really step up this year. He had a great game in high school and, while flashes of it showed last year, he’s going to really wow fans at some point with a much more complete basketball game than we witnessed in his few appearances.
I never want to say that losing a player of Cook’s caliber, leadership, and integrity is a good thing, but this case certainly does have a silver lining. We have a great basketball player in Gil Brown waiting to step into the starting lineup, as well as some talented freshmen (Ashton Gibbs, Nasir Robinson) and sophomores (Brad Wanamaker) to step in, get some experience, and play some real Pitt basketball.