As you may already know, head coach Brad Stevens took his talents to the NBA and will no longer be the coach of the Butler Bulldogs. To add to the pain, the two leading scorers will also know longer be on the team because they graduated. However, do two players and a coach make that much of a difference for Butler in the 2013-14 college basketball season?
Yes and no.
Stevens is a great coach and him losing will have an instant impact, but with so much talent coming back in the upcoming season, the Bulldogs may not be in trouble just yet.
As for the two leading scorers no longer being on the team, that will hurt any team no matter what. So, of course, that makes a difference for Butler.
The good news is the fact that every other player will be back for the 2013-14 season. That includes three players that averaged nine or more points per game. After those three players, others will have to step up on both sides of the court for the Bulldogs to succeed, especially since they will be playing in the Big East.
The Bulldogs were once the brightest Cinderella that college hoops had to offer and now they have found themselves as a member of the Big East. They need to continue their push to be a great basketball program, though, and losing the two leading scorers and their head coach cannot stop that.
This may affect Butler in the future–mainly losing Stevens–but the Bulldogs will still have a bunch of great players in the upcoming season.