Herrion hopes to replace the recently departed Scarver with "a perimeter guy, a shooter-type guy, in a perfect world."
Then the 45-year-old head coach will go to work at molding these 13 scholarship guys into one cohesive unit, something that never happened last season.
A quick turnaround shouldn't be ruled out. Programs like Wichita State and Iowa State lean heavily on transfers and JUCO talent.
The Shockers are coming off a Final Four run a season after losing their top five scorers, and the Cyclones almost knocked off Ohio State in March for a Sweet 16 berth.
"Programs like that are being successful in what is considered a non-traditional way," Herrion said.
"There's a stereotype about junior college kids ... but we have to be exhaustive and creative when looking at every possibility."
In his short time with the Herd, Herrion has taken nine junior college players. Higgins and Scarver aside, they've been long wing players or post players.
The backcourt players - Canty, Manning and Boykins - have come from the high school ranks.
Graduated forwards Dennis Tinnon and Robert Goff played a combined 53.6 minutes in 2011-12 and 48.2 minutes last season. The 6-foot-8 Hanner and 6-9 Kambola have combined to average 5.8 minutes per game in their collegiate careers.
They're development is key. They need to compete for starting spots, not simply let the junior college talent overshadow them.
"When we recruit junior college players we want them to fit our needs," Herrion said. "When you want a post player, a junior college kid is going to be physically developed to come in right away and compete.
"It takes longer for high school (post players) and we don't have a wealth of high school level prospects in our geographic backyard.
"We have to cast a wider net."
If that net brings back an old boot and a used tire, it could be another long winter.
Herrion, more than anyone, is working to avoid that fate.
"I knew coming off last season change was inevitable," he said. "Sometimes you make decisions that maybe aren't as clear to the fan base or the general public, but they are decisions I made for the best interest of the program."
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