I am so confused by our fan base right now. Hell, I am even guilty of it myself. I can't ever remember being this worried about a recruit that isn't even playing next year. He didn't come, He did what he wanted, lets get over it and worry about the players that we do have coming back and the new recruits we have coming in. I don't know but Russ Smith seems pretty freakin hyped about playing here and so does Justin Coleman. Just as the post yesterday suggested, Pitino needs 3 and 4 year players not 1 or 2 year players.
Look at Izzo, Coach K, Bill Self, Roy Williams, Bruce Pearl, those guys aren't going after every one and done player, UNC didn't even want John Wall. There are like 2 or three programs that thrive on the one and done phenom (Kentucky, Memphis, and Kansas St.) Name the four teams in this years final four, how many one and done players there, name the teams in last years final four, I can't think of a single one and done player there. Name the teams in 2008 final four there were two players that were one and done. Rose was a special player, but he couldn't get the championship and Douglas-Roberts was the driving force behind that teams run. That's two players in 3 years out of 12 teams, out of numerous one and done players, Michael Beasley, Greg Oden, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Durant, OJ Mayo (remember him in 8th grade), Eric Gordon ( I know IU fans that time seems so far away), BJ Mullens, and there are a lot more than that. They never went to a final four, most didn't make it to the sweet sixteen, so why worry about them. They are inexperienced and don't have that complete team mentalilty (Rose, Wall, and Carmelo again, were special) that is needed to succeed at the college level.
My point is that we need to stop worrying about what they are doing in Lexington, and start focusing on the good things we have coming back. Do I think we will win the national championship next year, NO. Do I think we will be more competitive all-around than last year, YES. Preston! will be the leader we lacked last year, as the only senior on this years squad (I do not count Samardo, he will be a late first round pick next year, he needs four years to develop, but that isn't going to happen) So lets get our heads out of our asses and stop worrying about Calipari and the yUK Wildcats. That is what they want us to do.
Also, I can't remember thinking about college basketball this early, I can't take it, I will shift my focus to the exciting things that Coach Strong!! (I think he deserves two exclamation points) is doing with our football team. So lets get behind this football team and watch Coach Strong!! return our program to respectability. Also,leave this kid alone on his facebook, I have been reading the things we have been writing, pathetic, makes us look as crazy as UK fans. Thank You