SLU hopes to fill one of its available scholarships Wednesday with the signing of Swedish forward Andre Lorentsson, who was discovered by assistant coach Ford Stuen on a trip in the middle of last season.
Ford also is trying to put the final touches on a schedule that is known to include San Diego State, Boston College, Southern Illinois-Carbondale and Siena.
“It’s probably the most interesting year of scheduling I’ve ever had,” Ford said. “We’re wanting to put together a very difficult schedule. We’ve had good bites that are in the works, but it’s been tough to pin someone down.”
Ford said he expects the final two games he schedules to be Quadrant 1 opponents to be played at neutral sites or on the road. Quadrant 1 games are top-50 opponents at neutral sites or top 75 on the road.
The schedule was started with the thought that everyone, including Goodwin and French, would return after a 23-win season.
That remains to be seen. They are in a massive pool of players who plan to enter the draft to “test the waters.” They will receive an evaluation of their draft prospects.
But much about the normal process that typically precedes the draft is up in the air.
“It looks like there won’t be any combine or guys working out,” Ford said. “I think Jordan and Hasahn have the abilities that could help NBA teams. You only need one team to need what you do. Both have specific things that others can’t do or at least not a lot of players.”