Discussion in 'UConn Men's Basketball' started by CGarr, Dec 16, 2015.
Do we want a commitment a year early like AO?
Yes, though I doubt we can get one. Reddish is a top 5 player in the class -- a do-everything swingman who's a more athletic version of DHam. Even if he gives us his commitment tomorrow, everyone else will keep recruiting him until the moment he sets foot on campus.
Folks need to prepare themselves emotionally for this to be another Diallo/Diamond Stone-style recruitment.
Ok , forewarned here we go again.
Ollie has a strong heart. Lol. To jump right back into a recruitment like this after the Diallo Decision. Man God Bless Him lol
We are always "really going hard after" and "prioritizing" all these top kids. Gotta seal the deal!
Just takes one to get the ball rolling..
You realize calling on someone to "Seal the deal!" is as meaningless as "really going hard after"
Has Kentucky offered? Should we back off in case they do?
Duke seems like the kentucky of tgis recruitmemt and I feel better going up against Duke than Kentucky..
Not yet but Duke has
Wait so when he says we are strong with him, does that mean reddish likes us? Or are we just recruiting him hard or maybe both?
We shouldn't back off even if they do offer. Our roster for 2018-19 is set to be deep & experienced, which means we can go after a 5-star recruit, miss him, and still be just fine as long as the guys we already have develop.
That's how Self recruits for Kansas. Mason, Graham, Mykhailiuk, Lucas, Vick... none were a top tier recruit, but that's the foundation of the team. Because he's had guys like them, he's been able to get one-year, five-star players in and out of the lineup (Embiid & Wiggins would be seniors; Cliff Alexander & Oubre juniors; Chieck Diallo a sophomore; Jackson & Azubuike are freshmen) but still have a huge amount of stability. He's also missed on a ton of five-star guys in the process.
That, to me, seems to be what Ollie is trying to build. Getting guys like Reddish is part of the plan, but missing on guys like Reddish is also part of the plan. Kids are kids.
Reddish recently said that KO was a role model for African Americans. I haven't heard much about his interest in UConn though.
Good Question lol
Mykhailiuk was arguably the best young prospect in Europe and would have been top 10 over here. That class was loaded with Alexander, Oubre, Mykhailiuk and Graham. In 2013 their class was Wiggins, Embiid, Selden, Brennen Greene, Mason and Frankamp. These would have been the best classes ever at UConn. Sure Self gets a few lower ranked recruits but he lives off of 5 stars. Kansas is recruiting monsters, would love for Ollie to get to that point but that would be a hell of a jump to make.
Mykhailiuk is way too short to play basketball.
Despite my recent comment the problem under KO hasn't been not getting top 50 type guys. We get a few of those. It's getting the right role players. I'm sure it's next to impossible to convince a kid to come to your program saying "you will never be a star here but if you come and work your butt off you might help your team make a deep tourney run and old men on the internet will revel in that time you got a loose ball in a key moment."
Kansas sells itself, i'm surprised we beat them for adams who was recruited heavily by norm roberts, though considered a lock entering his junior year for KO. KO might get a top ten kid soon, but he is a bit of a 'niche' recruiter, some kids/parents will really fall in love with him and itll be signed sealed delivered ( Gilbert, Makai), others wont. He is selling himself as much as he is selling UConn to these kids imo.
Still think if we've learned anything, you can't go up vs kentucky. it just can't happen, finklestein said it in early fall. If they want a kid they will get him, its happened twice with gabriel and diallo now. two players KO should have signed.
For sure those 2013 & 14 classes were awesome, but it's Mason, Graham & Lucas -- two of whom were fringe top 100, and the third who was a 3-star recruit -- that have been the foundation over the past few years. Saying he "lives off of five stars" does him a dissevice IMO, because it's the lower-ranked, 4-year players who keep that team in the top 10 every single season.
Agree there, and part of it is taking a lightly recruited (relatively speaking) guy like Mason and turning him into a NPOTY contender, or landing a last-minute decommit like Graham.
Gonna take time but I feel like we're heading in that direction.
KO has shown he can recruit. I mean we've been in the final 3 with some elite recruits multiple times. KO just needs some sustained success to back up his obvious recruiting talent
It usually isn't the incoming freshmen that make or break a team. It is the improvement of the returning players that make a bigger difference.
Would love this kid. Hopefully he joins the family.
Corey Evans says he expects reddish to commit soon. Probably nova.
Article he wrote said duke was leader .
Says nova is now. I thought we were somewhat strong on him
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