To be clear, I want to start out by saying I love Rick and the work he's done getting us back on the national scene in the last 7 years.
When I look at the caliber of recruits that go to the UNCs, Kansases, Dukes, etc., feels like we are a notch below. Even when we have McD All Americans, they don't seem to pan out as spectacularly. Earl is awesome but no Derrick Rose. Peyton is great but seemed to be a surprise to make that team. Samarado is excellent but clearly not a pro-pick yet.
Caracter -- well, the less said the better.
You can argue that Rick was hurt more by early defections to the NBA a few years ago, but I still don't feel like we get the high impact players, the kind that are going to be NBA stars, coming to 'Ville.
Now Calipari shows up and he's got 3 top 10 guys apparently trailing along.
I could get past this except Rick always says 'talent is what wins.' Okay -- let's get more talent than the other guys. Get on that.
And of course, there is always the very depressing (to me) of the what ifs, the kids who wanted to come to UofL but didn't and could have been special. Rondo. Lofton. Even Lorenzo Wade, who transferred at the end of his freshman year, has played himself into the lottery at San Diego State.
I'm all for building up teams and having a mix, but could't we sprinkle in just a few more superstars each year in the classes?