Originally Posted by jn2rons
Tell that Brandon Jennings, who was an SC committ, as recently as April???
Did you even read what I said?
Like I said, while a few high-profile cases may make it seem otherwise, MOST recruits- a vast, vast majority- stick to their word.
In the last few years I've seen two
Illinois recruits ranked in the top five nationally commit to Illinois, then sign elsewhere. And it sucks, but it doesn't change facts: in any given year, probably no more than 5% of basketball recruits will sign with a different school than they originally committed to.
You can't totally blame the kids for backing out. Sure they shouldn't commit verbally when they're too young, because usually the first college that comes a-knocking they are young enough to be "star-struck" by it and will committ.
This is the kind of enabling attitude that lets people be deceitful.
Maybe the kids don't deserve full blame, but their families or support system do. There's no excuse for not living up to your word, barring something otherwise unforseen (such as a coaching change less than two months before a kid would have otherwise enrolled in college, like when Bill Self went to Kansas and Charlie Villanueva backed out of his Illinois commit...I couldn't blame him for that).
If you commit to a school, you should be sure of it. Period. To commit to merely ensure you have a scholarship if nothing else shakes out is a blatantly selfish act that's unfortunately become accepted practice in football, but that doesn't mean it has to in basketball.
When Eric Gordon committed to Illinois, Bruce Weber could no longer recruit a shooting guard in the '07 class. Who wants to come in the same year that a megastar at their position is also coming in? No one. Illinois could've definitely had E'Twaun Moore, could've put the full-court press on someone like Dar Tucker, or even Alex Legion or Jarryd Bayless when they backed out of their original commits.
That we lucked out by getting Quinton Watkins late in the game isn't the point.
Gordon handcuffed an entire program and bolted to a bitter conference rival as soon as their coaching situation improved. Don't tell me I "can't blame him" for that.
And don't give me this "star-struck" BS. He originally picked Illinois over offers from motherf-cking Duke, the premier program in America, and Ohio State, where all of his superstar AAU teammates had committed (granted, he would've never played with them in college).