The University of Memphis basketball program is currently going through a lot: lost recruits, players leaving early, NCAA violations, and as of now, a very depleted roster.
The coaching staff still has a lot of work to do on the recruiting trail, but they are certainly not done. As of now, the Tigers have the pieces to continue to be one of the top teams in Conference USA.
Here is a look at the players currently on the roster, the players in the draft who haven't hired agents, and the incoming recruits.
Laird is a big Tiger fan favorite, who heard a roar from the home crowd every time he stepped on the court in a blowout game.
Laird saw minimal time last season as a walk-on freshman, but showed he could hit the perimeter shot when given a chance.
Unless the Tigers' roster barley has enough players to be allowed to play, expect much of the same this season.
Laird is too much of a defensive liability and hitting a three in a 20-point blowout is nothing special.
Doneal Mack had his best season last year, but showed a lot of inconsistency throughout the year.
There were games where he would have wide open corner threes and would clank every shot he took and there were other games where he would not miss even with a man in his face.
Mack started most of the year last season. His perimeter defense was much improved from the previous seasons and he started to take a more vocal role on the floor.
Expect Mack to continue to be starter coming into this season.
Mack's confidence is the biggest part about his game. If he is hot and confident, his shooting his hard to stop. When he starts getting cold, sometimes it is best for the opposing defense to leave him wide open.
Witherspoon is still one of the Tigers' biggest question marks. Witherspoon has the tools to be one of the Tigers star players.
He is a 6'8" with freakish athleticism and long arms. The first player he reminds me of is Austin Daye of Gonzaga because of their build. Both players can play guard and both have the same lanky body structure.
Witherspoon was the third player to play point guard until Tyreke Evans took the the job for the rest of the season.
He showed promise in the offensive end but his perimeter defense and numerous turnovers became problems. When Witherspoon came off the bench for the Tigers, he would commit bone head reach in fouls quickly and often.
Right now, Witherpoon is one of the favorites to start at small forward, but if he doesn't address his defensive problems soon, he will find his way back to the bench.
Every year, Memphis fans have to ask themselves the same question when the season starts.
Will Pierre be in shape?
Even though Henderson-Niles lost a ridiculous amount of weight last season, he still was not in good enough shape to constantly provide energy off the bench.
Henderson-Niles is definably talented for a player his size. He is a good perimeter shooter and his size helps bully the opposing team around in the low post.
The problem with Henderson-Niles is that he would often not give 100 percent on every play and he would often leave the game quickly because of fatigue.
Henderson-Niles still has a lot of work to do on his weight, but if he continues to work hard over the summer and looses a few more pounds, expect Niles to be one of the first players to come off the bench.
Before his historic 35 point outburst in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Robert Sallie was unknown to even the biggest Tiger diehards.
Sallie showed at the end of the season that he is the Tigers most consistent shooter, but because of his iffy defense, he found himself coming off the bench.
Right now, Sallie is the perfect sixth-man who can put up points in bunches and bring a quick burst of energy off the bench.
Sallie, along with Mack, are the Tigers lone shooters. Expect Sallie's minutes to increase significantly this season while still taking the role off the bench.
Willie Kemp was the starter in an Elite Eight team as a freshman, but after two straight years of one-and-one freshman point guards, his minutes dropped along with his confidence.
Kemp has not been the same player since.
As of now, Kemp is the favorite to be the starter at point guard. I am a firm believer that once Kemp gets his confidence back, he will have a break out season.
Kemp's perimeter defense has been much improved since a freshman, along with his shooting.
Kemp isn't expected to have have any outrageous stat lines, but as long as he leads the team as turnover free as possible, he could be the Tigers' starter at point guard for most of the season.
Shawn Taggart is one of the two possible returning starters on a depleted Memphis roster.
Right now, no one is sure whether or not Taggart will return to the Tigers next season because as of now, his name is still in the draft. Most people believe that Taggart has zero chance of even being drafted, but Taggart wants to play this out till the end.
Surprisingly, Taggart is sending mixed messages on his Facebook status saying he is staying in the draft one day and the next he says he is coming back.
Of course, a Facebook is not the best way to find out about who is staying in the draft.
Until he hires an agent or withdraws his name from the draft pool, ether one can be a possibility.
If Taggart does come back, he could be the closest thing to a star this team has.
He was the third leading scorer last season, second in rebounding and first in blocks.
He is the most skilled post player the Tigers have and is capable of being the teams' leading scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker with this depleted roster.
If Taggart does decide to come back, expect him to have the best year of his Memphis career.
What one word could describe Coleman?
The 6'9", 265-pound monster is already getting compared to ex-Tiger great, Joey Dorsey. Coleman was the No. 2 ranked Junior Collage player and is the lone player that Calipari originally recruited that will keep his promise of playing for the Tigers.
Coleman has an improving offensive arsenal, but expect him to be known on the team for his defensive presence. Coleman has freakish athleticism and showed great rebounding instincts at Miami-Dade Junior Collage.
At Miami-Dade, Coleman was a high-light machine with his powerful dunks and out-of-nowhere blocks. Coleman will bring a much needed big body to play alongside Taggart if he decides to come back.
Expect Coleman to be the starter from day one and be the leader on the defensive end right away.
Latavious Williams announced he would attend the University of Memphis last week, but no one is sure whether he will commit or whether or not he will even qualify academically.
Williams is a highly touted combo-forward ranked the No. 16 player overall in this high school recruiting class and the No. 6 power forward.
With the recent breakout of Memphis committing major recruiting violations, Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com reported that Williams will "weigh out his options."
Williams still has to attend summer school to get his GPA where it is supposed to for eligibility. Williams says he is 75 percent sure he will qualify.
If Williams does end up going to Memphis, he will bring the versatility to play both power forward and small forward and a long athletic rebounder.
Carlos Wilson, Williams coach in Humble, Texas, compared Williams to Shawn Marion because of their slashing ability and versatility.
As of now, Williams is the Tigers only high school recruit, but he could stick around for at least two seasons.
If Taggart decides to stay in the draft, Williams could be the Tigers starting power forward and Will Coleman moves to center.
If Taggart comes back for his senior season, Williams could be moved to small forward strengthening the Tigers bench.