As well as the rest of the team is playing, it seems like better production at the 4 is the difference between where we are (8-9 seed) and being a top 4 seed/top 25 team.
Even if we didn’t have star power at the 4, if we had either:
A rebound/defense warrior who wouldn’t need to score but was relentless on the glass–ala Derek Hood lite OR
An undersized 4 that could consistently hit a 15 foot jumper from the elbow and keep the defense honest and (ala Coty Clarke/Lenzie Howell)
Either of those would have been huge additions to our team. I though we were getting each of those w Cook and Thomas respectively but seems like most nights we have had neither.