I realize that this is not the conclusion to the season that we were all hoping for, but there is no denying that the improvement from last yr is incredible, despite a minimal upgrade in personelle. But my ultimate concern with the limitation on UMs success in the future, is that we havent been able to pull in top tier talent. Over the past few years our recruiting has been pretty steady. We seem to consistently hall in a player in the top 100 and then a few outside. But I really don't see how we can become a national contender, even with Belien's ability to get the most out of his players, without our recruiting picking up. even if you just look at the big10, OSU already has 2 top 10 commits in the 2010 class. Illinois, Purdu, Wisco all have commits in the top 50.
Now I realize that its hard to hall in that type of talent when you havent made the ncaa tourney it wut seems like forever. but we also have things to offer that should play to our advantage: guaranteed playing time early on, a top-tier coach, the potential of being part of the UM Bball turn around. Wouldnt a top player love to be guaranteed a starting spot on a D1 school on the rise. Look at how LLP got stuck in back of the rotation. And wouldnt any top three point shooter kill for the chance to play in the belien system.
Hopefully recruiting will gradually improve as our team does, but until then, i just dont see how we can expect to compete with the top teams in the country.