If the board is to be believed (and I believe), we only have one scholarship for next year. So, if that holds, it means we'll only be adding one big time player in next year's class, and be waiting till 2012 (how many scholarships for THAT year?) to add talented bodies to a team that needs them if we want to compete for Big Ten titles or Deep Tourney runs before another cycle of players goes through. Especially when you consider we won't be recruiting one and done players, and getting (even good) players that need 2-3 years to develop.
So, let's assume we get one blue chipper next year (and concede that they always can find a way to open up another free ride if another big time player wants to come), how do we get more big time players to put around that recruit as a 2011 freshman, a Junior Darius Morris, and a sophomore Evan Smotrycz, (being hopeful that we get another, and everyone develops) that raises the talent level to contender status? (If not "NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP", at least conference). Are we going to have enough slots to add more 25-75 ranked players, and have enough for any 15-30 types we may have a shot at? Or are we depending on all the role-players developing enough that their game will be lifted enough that a couple of great players and a bunch of pretty good guys around them make a really good team? The low end being, well, Michigan last season...and the high end being, I don't know...Wisconsin?
This is not a knock on any one particular recruit. If they wanted to offer a scholarship on me, I'd have taken it, and people on whatever the equivalent forums at the time would have thought I was a waste of a scholarship. But who would say no? What I'm saying is recruiting is not about any one player; it's a numbers game. And it kind of hit me that one scholarship for next year, doesn't leave a lot of room for immediate improvement in the near future.
So, do we have faith that all the players will develop into a greater good, or are we patience enough to say that we might be waiting till the freshman class of 2010 is seniors, and they have a really good junior from 2011, and some sophomores who have had a chance to get their feet wet from 2012? (And of course, all the McDonald's All-Amercians we'll be getting in the class of 2013 ;-) )