New San Jose State basketball coach Dave Wojcik had four scholarship vacancies when he was hired less than three weeks ago. After Wednesday's start of the spring signing period, Wojcik had six or seven potential spots to fill.
"Who's counting after four? ... bottom line is there are a lot of holes," Wojcik said.
The Spartans did not expect to sign any newcomers on Wednesday, but Wojcik promised that will happen soon. By May 15, when the spring signing period ends, he hopes to add at least three more players.
That will be critical, because of as Wednesday morning the SJSU website showed just six scholarship players on the team roster. Only two of them -- forward Chris Cunningham and guard D.J. Brown -- averaged more than 3 points per game last season.
Gone prematurely by since Wojcik's arrival are center Alex Brown and forward Louis Garrett, by mutual agreement the coach said. Guard Xavier Jones' name also was absent from the team roster and was included on a national list of players planning to transfer, according to CBSSports.com.
Wojcik said he believed Jones still was with the program. If he's also gone, the three who are exiting combined to average just under 15 points last season while starting a total of 47 games.
This is a critical time for the Spartans, who are moving from the Western Athletic Conference into the far more challenging Mountain West next fall. Wojcik came to SJSU from an assistant's role at Boise State, so he knows the MWC.
"One of the reasons why I was interested in the job is because of the league," Wojcik said. "Our fans are really going to appreciate UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State. It's high-level basketball. That's what really excited me."
Wojcik needs to rebuild his roster, but said he won't rush into it and won't sign players simply to fill uniforms.
"If I do use 'em all, it means I've got good players and I feel good about them," he said.
Wojcik also said he doesn't want too many players from the same class, but that he's open to recruiting junior college players or four-year transfers.
"Absolutely, but why are they transferring?" he said. "It's not so much basketball-related. It's more academics and character. I want guys who want to get degrees and I want guys who are good people. (Identifying) good players, that's the easy part."