Of last year’s freshmen, Anderson started 28 games, Clifford and point guard Jordan Daniels 25 and guard Lonnie Jackson 24.
The Eagles weakest spot appears to be the wing position where Patrick Heckmann returns after tying Jackson for fourth on the team in scoring with 8.3 points per game.
Donahue hopes Heckmann can be more consistent after a summer playing with his national team in Germany.
“Patrick’s ability can really make us a good team,” he said. “The ebbs and flows of last season (are) concerning and I think he realizes that. He had some great games and then other times he really struggled.”
Now he’s a sophomore, like many of his teammates.
The Eagles aren’t about to challenge for the ACC regular-season or tournament titles, but they’re less likely to be pushovers as time goes on.
“I think we are going to look back at last year, and even though it was difficult to go through, it was really something that we are going to be appreciative of,” Donahue said, “that we were able to put so many guys in those situations at such an early part of their career. We will start seeing the benefits this year and the next three years.”