You can't win without the players, and Fordham finally appears to have them in place. That's the most positive development of the offseason to date.
They come from all over.
Eric Paschall is from Dobbs Ferry, New York. Nemanja Zarkovic is from Canada. Christian Sengfelder and Zaire Thompson are from Germany. Dekeba Battee-Aston is from Australia.
Now, they're all in the Bronx.
Paschall was labeled a star long before he stepped foot on Fordham's campus. In the two months since he arrived, he hasn't disappointed.
At 6'6", the New England prep player of the year is expected to start in 2014. With his talent and athleticism, he should have an immediate impact.
When Zarkovic signed in April, he was hailed as a smart player who could run an offense. People talked about his maturity and his leadership, about the intangibles he'd bring to a team.
If it's possible, Zarkovic has been better than advertised. He's humble yet not afraid of the spotlight. He is talented talented yet willing to learn. And he's been a leader since day one.
"I can't be afraid to talk because we need leaders here," Zarkovic told Bleacher Report last month. "We have a few seniors, but most of the guys who I'll work with over the next four years are very young. I'm just trying to figure out a way to get everyone to work together."
If all goes as planned, he should be the starting point guard.
Meanwhile, at the beginning of July, Sengfelder, Battee-Aston and Thompson arrived on campus.
Sengfelder has been the most impressive. At 6'7", his ability to play away from the basket and knock down shots will be a huge asset. He's been one of the real pleasant surprises at the team's offseason workouts.
Before he arrived, head coach Tom Pecora described him as a player with a "good skill set and a really hard worker." After his first few workouts, he was even more impressed.
"Since he's been here he's been great. He plays with great energy," Pecora said.
Speaking of great energy, Antwoine Anderson and Manny Suarez, both redshirt freshmen who were ineligible last season, are back in the fold.
Anderson is a combo guard with great speed. Suarez is a 6'10" forward who can play outside. One player gives the Rams options in the backcourt. The other player provides much-needed depth in the frontcourt.
Both Battee-Aston and Thompson will be given the chance to prove they're worthy of receiving minutes next season.
This is a win-win for the Rams. Not only did they bring in guys who can contribute, but all have brought something else to the table: competition.
That's where we go next.