Earlier today, I was looking through ESPN's recruiting lists last year, and was really surprised to see Jordan Williams was a lowly 89 in their rating system, the #44 center and not in the Top 100 overall. Meanwhile, all he does is get runner-up to #2 overall Derrick Favors in the ACC Rookie of the Year voting, start most of the season for the ACC co-champs, and get a double-double in his first NCAA tournament game. He's arguably the second best player on a team with 3 seniors and the ACC player of the year!
Meanwhile, DeShawn Painter (from NCST who barely plays) was a 92 on ESPN (and #64 overall), Mason Plumlee was a 98 overall and a top 10 recruit, and UNC had Strickland, both Wear brothers, Henson, and some guy named Leslie McDonald (who?) all in the top 100... Yet Williams made by far the most impact on his team because he was a hard worker, is well-coached, and fits in the system. Would you rather have any of those guys over Williams? Even Henson, who is a real beast, but likely won't stay in college as long as Williams?
I just think that all this focus on recruiting simply would not exist without the Internet, and most of the insight we all have is simply based on what a few Web sites say. It would be cool to have, say, Josh Selby and Lance Stephenson and whoever else, but those kind of guys don't always make championship teams. And many of them simply never pan out at all. Do you think Lance really would have made much of a difference on our team this year? I don't, to be totally honest. Is he that much better than Cliff Tucker? Would he fit into the system and as willingly play defense as well as Tucker?
It's tough to talk about recruiting and us missing out on anyone given the success of guys like Williams.Anyone agree with me? Should we give Gary a little bit of a break here? Or should we be kicking ourselves for not attracting guys like Selby and not signing Quinn Cook already?