in town for free camps
...includes the #2, #9 and #40 rated recruits in the country according to ESPN (Scout and Rivals are similar). To sweeten the pot, a rumor's been floating (that I don't think I believe) that the #1 recruit in the country wants to go in a package deal with #2.
It's the best class Minnesota basketball has ever seen, maybe the best class it will ever see in any of our lifetimes. And the U was nowhere with any of these kids, under Tubby.
But there's time. A new coach means new assistants, new recruiters, and Pitino may have the connections to tap the right ones. Some of you might change your minds about this hire, if Tyus Jones is putting on a Gophers cap on signing day next year.
That's a bit presumptuous.
I'm sure Rich Pitino will put on the full court press, and maybe he's a great recruiter, but I'll be surprised if either, nevermind both, sign with the Gophers. It ain't easy for a mediocre program to just start pulling guys away from Duke, NC, Florida, Kansas, KY, Ohio State. If they do, it's a great hire. But it better be a good hire even if they don't from Minny's point of view.
I suspect they have a chance to get at least one, but even if you're right: the problem is that these are kids that some of the boosters have known their entire lives, and they know, from the recruits' perspective, exactly how the recruiting process has gone.
Which meant Tubby had to go.
Tim Brewester signed a top 20 class his first year. Tubby Smith signed Royce White and Devoe Joseph. Recruiting should not be the primary reason you hire a coach.
Then they hired Richard because he inherited a name from Pitino.
I guess next time they'll hire someone who contracted a sexually transmitted disease from Pitino.
I hear John Wooden's great great granddaughter was next on their list.
The state of MN seems to produce decent talent and the traditional Big Ten footprint is like Florida for basketball. Someone is going to do well there.
Plus, I actually think the Barn is pretty sweet. Reminds me of Yost
In fairness to Pitino Jr., he wheedled a winning record out of Isiah Thomas's roster. Anyone who can unfuck Isiah's messes, even if only halfway, has a chance to be pretty good.
No Dick jokes in here? Bueller?
Rick named his son Dick.
Maybe they thought they were hiring his dad. This should be a lesson about why you don't name your children after yourself.