success of recruiting misses | The Boneyard

success of recruiting misses

Status
Not open for further replies.
Joined
Nov 4, 2014
Messages
8
Reaction Score
84
Can anyone name a recruiting target who we lost out on that became an all american and won a national championship?
 
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
13,765
Reaction Score
143,917
Can't think of any that were all american, but for those who won a championship?

Most recent recruits were Brandon Knight & Doron Lamb, who both won a championship with Kentucky in 2012.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Aug 24, 2011
Messages
3,025
Reaction Score
3,706
Can't think of any that were all american, but for those who won a championship?

Most recent recruits are Brandon Knight & Doron Lamb, who both won a championship with Kentucky in 2012.

Knight wasn't on that team.
 
Joined
Aug 28, 2011
Messages
1,490
Reaction Score
10,876
Kevin Durant who we missed on was an all american but did not win a championship.
 
Joined
May 27, 2014
Messages
10
Reaction Score
15
Here's a close one -- they lost out on John Wallace (he late made the all american team) and he took Syracuse to the final. I thought we had him, too.
 
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
2,269
Reaction Score
6,040
Wayne Ellington and Wayne Turner are the ones that come to mind ... I think we offered both.
 

geordi

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
1,186
Reaction Score
2,840
Given the parameters of the question, that would be a very small sampling. In the last 15 years, we've won the most championships - twice as many as UNC, Puke, and Florida. There were only 4 other teams that won a title. Of the 8 that won titles other than us, we really don't recruit much against Maryland, Michigan State, and Florida - some but we win more battles than we lose. Probably hard to identify many if any.
 

UChusky916

Making the board a little less insufferable
Joined
Sep 1, 2011
Messages
3,287
Reaction Score
17,282
Given the parameters of the question, that would be a very small sampling. In the last 15 years, we've won the most championships - twice as many as UNC, Puke, and Florida. There were only 4 other teams that won a title. Of the 8 that won titles other than us, we really don't recruit much against Maryland, Michigan State, and Florida - some but we win more battles than we lose. Probably hard to identify many if any.

We're recruiting against MD and FL for recuiting targets now so I wouldn't say that's the case. MSU and UConn not being in battles I'd mostly agree with, but there was an off-season transfer we fought over recently as well.

Also, Louisville won a few years ago and they certainly are involved in battles with us. Who was on the UL team that we recruited? Did we recruit Russ Smith?
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2011
Messages
3,523
Reaction Score
10,912
We definitely were in on Ellington and Turner; I'm pretty sure we recruited Lance Thomas from Duke, Ed Davis and Deon Thompson from UNC, Russell Robinson from Kansas, Joakim Noah...
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2011
Messages
180
Reaction Score
316
Wayne Ellington and Wayne Turner are the ones that come to mind ... I think we offered both.
Oh my gosh, Wayne Turner..... He was soooo trash, glad we didn't get him and was thankful for all the points guards we DID get. I wouldn't have traded any of them for him.
 
Joined
Aug 28, 2011
Messages
8,700
Reaction Score
15,467
Kevin Durant who we missed on was an all american but did not win a championship.
weren't we one of the first schools he visited... thought he was a lock at one point but it didn't turn out that way
 
Joined
Aug 25, 2011
Messages
13,776
Reaction Score
72,107
Oh my gosh, Wayne Turner..... He was soooo trash, glad we didn't get him and was thankful for all the points guards we DID get. I wouldn't have traded any of them for him.

Wayne Turner went to three national championships and won two rings. Plenty of guys don't make it in the NBA. He was by no means trash.
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2011
Messages
180
Reaction Score
316
Wayne Turner went to three national championships and won two rings. Plenty of guys don't make it in the NBA. He was by no means trash.
Just for the sake of asking, what was he GOOD at? And which Husky guard would you trade him for?
 
Joined
Apr 25, 2014
Messages
5,292
Reaction Score
19,788
Just for the sake of asking, what was he GOOD at? And which Husky guard would you trade him for?

That he wasn't as good as Moore or El-Amin doesn't make him trash. He was a key player on three Final Four teams and two champs. He wasn't trash.
 
Joined
Aug 28, 2011
Messages
8,700
Reaction Score
15,467
Wayne Turner went to three national championships and won two rings. Plenty of guys don't make it in the NBA. He was by no means trash.

he played with a ton of talent back then ( Ron Mercer, Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Nazr Mohammed, Derek Anderson, Walter McCarty)... stacked
 

8893

Curiouser
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
29,851
Reaction Score
96,512
In the last 15 years, we've won the most championships - twice as many as UNC, Puke, and Florida.
Had to give you a like because it still makes me smile every time I think of this fact. And I still have a hard time believing it's true.
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2011
Messages
3,523
Reaction Score
10,912
Just for the sake of asking, what was he GOOD at? And which Husky guard would you trade him for?

He certainly wasn't trash; although he was unbelievably overrated especially as the consensus top point guard in his class. Two titles and a cup of coffee in the pros is something. Isn't Turner pretty similar to Ricky and Taliek? Super solid complimentary guys who didn't make mistakes?
 

Fishy

Elite Premium Poster
Joined
Aug 24, 2011
Messages
18,139
Reaction Score
131,984
UConn basically had Wayne Turner before he was delivered to Kentucky - that was the real start of the BABC-UConn kerfuffle.

UConn recruited Turner for years. I mean years and years.

They wanted to sign four guards in that class - Turner, a kid named Anton Reese, Moore and Rash.

They got Rash and Sam Funches. (Later, they got Jamar Dunmore, but not sure they ever expected him to qualify.)

Ricky visited in November and basically committed on the spot. They thought they had Reese signed and sealed but Alabama convinced him to cancel his press conference and give them another shot...which worked.

They almost sealed the deal with Turner and then BABC insisted that he hold off and eventually arranged to boost Kentucky into Turner's good graces. Ditto for Randell Jackson who was close to committing to UConn before Papille convinced him to cross UConn off.

In place of Turner, basically, UConn signed Dion Carson and when Dunmore and Jackson didn't pan out, they turned into Antric Klaiber.
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2011
Messages
3,523
Reaction Score
10,912
I forgot all about Jamar Dunmore... Randell Jackson and Turner were going to be the future and I thought we had them both in the bag before Papile did his shenanigans.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Online statistics

Members online
308
Guests online
2,823
Total visitors
3,131

Forum statistics

Threads
157,350
Messages
4,095,739
Members
9,985
Latest member
stanfordnyc


Top Bottom