Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said the Aggies (14-18) have issues that can only be addressed through recruiting if the team is to improve next season. He addressed the issue after today's season-ending, 83-66 loss to No. 3 Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament.
“We need some help,” said Kennedy, who saw four of his top eight players miss a combined 61 games this season because of injury or transfer. “To win big at this level, you’ve got to have good players. We’ve got a nucleus but we’ve got to add some more talent and some more toughness to our team.”
Kennedy, a first-year coach, took issue with the team’s work ethic and chemistry at times this season.
“We got better the last three weeks in practice. Our effort was better,” Kennedy said. “I just want them to learn to keep fighting, keep competing and making good choices every day … It’s hard to do that when you have injuries, you have a new coaching staff and you have the adversity we went through.”
In addition to A&M’s injuries, Kennedy missed most of October after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
_ Jimmy Burch