But the other side of that coin is that the Buffs get Arielle Roberson back while adding a Top 25 recruiting class. Next year's squad should be a lot more athletic. I really like a starting front court of Jamee Swan (Sr), Roberson (Sr) and Haley Smith (Jr). Alina Hartmann (So) looks like she'll be a good backup for Smith at the wing. With Beard-Fails (Jr), Correal (So) and Watts (Jr) there is depth to bang on the interior. Correal, in particular, I think is going to be a player. The back court is going to be the question. Likely starters if a true frosh doesn't take a spot are Lauren Huggins (Jr) at the 2 and Brecca Thomas (So) at the point. Both have been getting over 20 minutes a night. Huggins gives good size and can bury teams from behind the arc, but I wonder about her handle. Thomas is small (5'5") but really quick. She's an energizer bunny and seems to have a high basketball IQ, so we could see a big jump from her in her 2nd year. We need to. The incoming freshmen include two highly-regarded PG prospects in Alexis Robinson and Kennedy Leonard. They'll push for immediate playing time and possibly a starting role. The other freshmen are Makenzie Ellis and Monica Burich, who are both wings. Burich is more of a point forward type. Ellis could be a star from the jump. I see all the pieces for a talented and deep roster that could be special next season. My concern, though, is that college basketball is a guard's game. The success of next year will come down to whether the returning guards are able to handle larger roles and whether the incoming freshmen are as good as advertised as quickly as we need them to be. Also, Arielle coming back and being the All Pac-12 player she was is something that pretty much goes without saying as a huge key to the season. If it breaks the right way, there's every reason to believe that this team could make a jump the way that Oregon State did this season. The talent's higher and they'll also be a veteran group.