Originally Posted by ILLsmak
I wonder what level of mediocrity the Cats would have to play at... and for how long before they stopped being able to pull a top 5 recruiting class every year.
They are one of the most storied basketball programs in NCAA history. Great coaches will always relish the opportunity to coach there, and players will always want to play there. This year was to be expected tbh because of the one and dones they've had for the last 2-3 years. You can't compete every year like that and not expect to have a lull eventually.
Those UK teams that made deep runs the last couple of years have had upperclassmen that were key to their success but those key upperclassmen (Darius Miller, Deandre Liggins, Josh Harrelson, Patrick Patterson etc etc) have gradually been phased out of their squad and they haven't had that presence since. This year guys like Harrow and Wiltjier weren't really battle tested enough to be relied on heavily, essentially putting all the pressure on the freshmen themselves. And let's face it, they aren't anywhere near Wall, Bledsoe, Cousins, Davis, MKG, Jones type talent level. Noel is the most talented player and in terms of impact he may have rivalled Davis, but let's just be honest, he is nowhere near as talented and dominant on both sides of the ball like Davis was.
Next year they will beast again and as long as Cal is there, the players talented enough to do a one and done will always have UK towards the top of their list.