Coming into the 2015-2016 season, Chambers—a three-year starter at the game's most important position—was expected to be the senior leader on a team that had just lost four rotation players (including its best player, Wesley Saunders '15) to graduation. The fantasy evaporated as quickly as it started.
When Chambers went down with an ACL injury before the season started, Fraschilla was the main expected beneficiary. Things went downhill quickly, however.
After Chambers tore his ACL early in the year, the big question for the Crimson was who the offense was going to come from. Enter Edosomwan.
Chatfield comes into 2016-2017 as a rare and favorable archetype: the veteran in a position of need.
Yoshor did not have a breakout sophomore campaign, averaging less than a minute a game despite no major injuries throughout the year.
Miller took a couple of small steps forward in 2015-2016, shifting into more of a point guard role for the Crimson.
In his second year in Cambridge, Egi continued to progress. After getting spot minutes as a freshman, the big man became the primary backup to then-junior center Zena Edosomwan.
Originally expected to back up Chambers, McCarthy was given the starting role when Chambers suffered an ACL injury in the offseason and elected to leave campus to preserve his eligibility.
Johnson's freshman year exceeded all expectations.
The freshman earned a reputation as a scrapper in limited playing time, competing hard on the offensive boards and showing deft touch from the midrange.
Like fellow sophomore Robbie Feinberg, McLean operated mostly in cleanup duty as a freshman.
Feinberg had a mostly anonymous season at the end of the bench in Cambridge.
Given the surfeit of frontcourt talent arriving in Cambridge next fall, Dragovic may eventually become a casualty of Harvard coach Tommy Amaker's recruiting prowess.
Welsh was the final addition to the Harvard class, signing last mid-October shortly after taking his official visit to the university.