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Cant say I disagree with the assessment although we are still looking good:
http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncb...12353/early-signing-period-winners-and-losers
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St. John's
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When Steve Lavin arrived in Queens, he hit the ground running on the recruiting trail. His first class with the Red Storm featured eight players, including four ESPN 100 prospects. Lavin followed that up with four-star prospects JaKarr Sampson and Chris Obekpa, plus some transfers and foreign players. Then there was five-star point guard Rysheed Jordan in 2013. An underwhelming 2014 class meant Lavin needed to make a splash in 2015 -- and that splash was supposed to be Briscoe. Things were lining up for the Red Storm to keep Briscoe home: Briscoe's father wanted him local; he went on several visits over the final few weeks of his recruitment; and St. John's had put on the full-court press. But in the end, he chose Kentucky. Lavin did bounce back with a commitment toward the end of the period from guard Samir Doughty, but the Red Storm have plenty of work to do in the spring.

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The Huskies will still end up with a very solid recruiting class, but it was a bad few days for Kevin Ollie's program. Last Thursday, Connecticut lost out on three ESPN 100 targets: Mack, Briscoe and Derrick Jones (No. 22). While the Huskies weren't a true threat for Briscoe against St. John's and Kentucky, public perception said they were on his final list. There can be no mistaking Mack and Jones, though. UConn was in a battle with VCU and South Carolina for Mack, yet lost out. The Huskies were the early leader for Jones, but UNLV made a push and Ollie's late rally wasn't enough. The Huskies still have ESPN 100 prospects Jalen Adams (No. 25) and Steven Enoch (No. 98), but they still need a wing scorer. Elite center Diamond Stone (No. 6) is the next big target in Storrs.

Memphis


As the hours were counting down to Labissiere's announcement, it became clear Kentucky was going to get the five-star center. Memphis was going to finish second. In a vacuum, losing an elite prospect to Kentucky isn't surprising. But for Memphis to lose Labissiere was unexpected. The Tigers were the favorite for a very long time and all signs pointed to Labissiere staying in-state when he made his college decision. Then, Labissiere essentially shut down his recruitment in October and things changed. Kentucky picked up all the momentum, and Memphis was left without a shot heading into the final days. Josh Pastner still has Dedric (No. 28) and K.J. Lawson (No. 40) in his 2015 class -- which got a boost with the reclassification of commit Randall Broddie -- but Labissiere was always expected to enter the fold. To lose him late was a disappointment.
 
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They also said we "need" a wing scorer when we have a freshman who is exactly that.
 

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True but hard to disagree with the "public" perception. UCONN didn't just "lose out" on those guys, they lost them to mid major type programs.... (except Briscoe)
 

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They also said we "need" a wing scorer when we have a freshman who is exactly that.
Well, first assuming he stays more than one season and second, it's probably a good idea to have more than one wing player on your entire roster. So yes, they are correct, we do need a wing player.
 
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True but hard to disagree with the "public" perception. UCONN didn't just "lose out" on those guys, they lost them to mid major type programs.... (except Briscoe)
VCU was a winner along with Kentucky and South Carolina.
They specifically mentioned how they beat Connecticut out for Tevin Mack.
Makes me dislike them even more.
 

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How can we have "a very solid class" and be "losers"? We missed on a couple of good players but still have a really good class.
 
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Memphis shouldn't be listed as a loser either, they have a very good class already in the fold.
 
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Seems to be heavily weighed on the news of the last week or so. Memphis has a terrific 2015 class.
 

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I could give a . Really. We have two studs coming in with a bunch returning. Weree in the running for other recruits also. Everyone needs to chill
 
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Seems to be heavily weighed on the news of the last week or so. Memphis has a terrific 2015 class.

Plus we're talking about a kid who is a walking red flag due to his handler, might not be the worst thing "losing" out on him.
 
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Guys, they're specifically talking about the commitments made during signing week. There's no way to describe UConn's situation other than "losses". As they pointed out, it's still a solid class because of earlier commitments.
 
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What did they call teams who didn't get 2 top 100 players? Sheesh.
It's fair, we shouldn't be compared to lousy programs. How we fair against the top 10 programs is the bar. Should we be losing to VCU and South Carolina with our pedigree?
 
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Guys, they're specifically talking about the commitments made during signing week. There's no way to describe UConn's situation other than "losses". As they pointed out, it's still a solid class because of earlier commitments.

That's not really the way its phrased though. Yes the early signing period covers that week long period, but if you already got commits locked up during the summer/fall and then they sign during the early signing period, those are still players you got during the "early signing period". Putting us aside to remove bias, there's no way you can call Memphis a loser with what they had already locked up.
 

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I thought Calhoun was a wing player. And there is always a kid out there who is waiting to be asked.
Besides, how dumb are these Kentucky kids. The object is to play, not watch from the sidelines.
Calipari calls his 2nd unit reinforcements. Yes, just what I would want to do with my college career.
Be a reinforcement for Kentucky when I might be an All American for another team, playing 35 minutes a night, developing my game and making myself a lottery pick.
 
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That's not really the way its phrased though. Yes the early signing period covers that week long period, but if you already got commits locked up during the summer/fall and then they sign during the early signing period, those are still players you got during the "early signing period". Putting us aside to remove bias, there's no way you can call Memphis a loser with what they had already locked up.

Unless you're someone following Daniel Hamilton's recruitment, no one really cares about when the actual signing takes place. Only the commitment. Obviously it's a story focused on the recent chances UConn had.
 
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It's fair, we shouldn't be compared to lousy programs. How we fair against the top 10 programs is the bar. Should we be losing to VCU and South Carolina with our pedigree?

We're losing as much to our own roster as we are to other schools. We are 11 deep with scholarship kids next year, two at every position (and 3 guys at the four). Our recruiting losses were basically trying to go 3 deep at the 3, which would have been great for us - both for an insurance policy if DHam goes pro after one year and/or as a guy we can groom to step in as a sophomore (when Calhoun is definitely gone and Hamilton likely gone). But good for us isn't necessarily good for the kid, if he wants to play right away. Clarke and Mack both talked about immediate playing time being important, and we don't really have a clear path to playing time (Stone is an exception - he'd take minutes from veterans).

Perhaps we might have had a better chance if Cassell was a scrub, or Hamilton didn't look like he would demand 30+ minutes a night. But exhibition season showed both that Cassell was plenty good enough to be in the rotation and that Hamilton was too good to take off the floor for very long.

I've said this a few times, but if Ollie and staff decided we were set at the 3 for the next two years and didn't bother recruiting any of those guys, none of us would have thought that was the least bit odd. Instead, he was wise and tried to get a little more depth and insurance with our 12th scholarship, and as a result, we "lost" some recruiting battles when we were recruiting from a position of weakness.
 
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