Since recruiting has come up a lot lately and the best player in Kentucky, "since Rando" according to Jody Demilng, is all set to commit to UK at 4pm,... I thought I'd take a poll of your thoughts.
In fairness to Rick Pitino and his staff, I think that if we are being honest with ourselves, we all know that if it weren't for so many injuries this year, we would probably only have a couple of losses right now. We all believe that we would be playing much better than we are, with a bunch of "Louisville First" guys. Everyone would be all about the "Louisville First" mantra. We would all be completely on board with the philosophy that "we don't want any stinky ole Super Elite/ Top10 players with one eye on the NBA."
However, we do have a lot of injuries; and, whether we/ Rick like it or not, the perception out there right now is that he's working his players too hard, thereby causing the injuries. I don't think that's true, and neither do many-many other people, including several doctors I've heard on the radio lately. The bottom line is that whether it's true or not doesn't really matter; because, it's all about what a 17-18 year old kid believes.
So, I now put the question to you. Do you think that given the current climate of College Basketball/ perceptions about the program, that Rick Pitino will be able to recruit the type of talent needed to win a National Championship before he retires (in 2017, allegedly). Because after all, that is the goal isn't it? There's a lot to be said for enjoying a ride like we had last year; but, if the ultimate goal isn't to win a Championship,..... well, then our expectations are not where they need to be.
Consider the following factors: Perception of Rick Pitino and his practice habits, playing time distribution habits, players to the NBA track record, and anything else that you think recruits care about. I ask that you also consider what the "Louisville First" approach to recruiting could have resulted in this year, had we not experienced so many tragic injuries.
BTW, I call complete and total bullshit on anyone who says they didn't think this team was going to be a legit Top 5-10 squad/ Championship contender prior the start of the season.