RW had two years of college eligibility left, and would most certainly have been under scholarship. There's really no reason for a sophomore to leave the security of a college scholarship for the uncertainly of a second round NBA draft pick, particulalry if staying could improve that player into a first round pick (and the guarantees that come with it). He left because he believed that he would be a first round pick.
RW plainly mentioned that he was leaning on CFH's guidance in making this decision. If for some reason, RW falls out of the first round, it will certainly damage CFH's credibility in the area of getting players to the NBA (and thus getting the best of the college recruits).
" But losing your best player is not "Good for ISU" no matter what you say."
You always quickly lose your best player in college athletics; one way or the other. The key is a system that can replace them, and build up the new ones quickly.
Fred is not a one trick pony here. (we hope!!)
The very successful Royce White "experiment" is a huge boost to the program as the original poster was pointing out.
Hopefully it turns out being a good thing. We know the transfer situation has worked out for the transfers and so far has gotten us a lot of wins. But I believe Fred's goal was to get the program to a point where ISU is a place young talent wants to come. We'll have a lot of scholarships available at the end of next season; I'm excited to see what king of recruits Fred will bring in to fill them.
Short term it's a bittersweet pill for ISU fans to swallow because ISU could have been a legitimate Final Four contending team next year if he returned. Long term, however, it greatly benefits Hoiberg's recruiting. Hoiberg's recruiting strategy right now is showing the recruit his old Timberwolves business cards and then handing over his cell phone and showing him all his NBA contacts, then telling them "I can get you into the NBA." With Royce White in the NBA, he can now point to an example and say "I put him there in just my second year as ISU's head coach."
Interesting theory. Surprised no one had started a thread or mentioned this yet :skeptical:
I'm not against Royce leaving. He owes us nothing. It's probably best for Royce's career that he left.
But to say that Royce leaving is better for ISU than Royce staying, is absolute nonsense.
Give me any event, however negative. I can find a positive that comes from it. But that doesn't mean that was the best possible outcome.
I don't think we will ever know for sure if it was a good thing or not. It may lead to a couple of good recruits, but then so could have his staying for the next year (or 2 years even!) and ISU competing for a couple of Big 12 titles, maybe winning a Big 12 tourney or to and advancing to the Elite Eight or even further.
If he is drafted high enough, and performs well in the pros, it could be a good thing. I'm just not so sure it is better for ISU than what the alternative could have been.
Royce leaving is not good for ISU basketball. The same story would have played out next year only with a potentially better NBA spot for him. That, and he would have made us a better team next year. Your points 1-3 would still apply and we'd be in a better position to win the big 12 and go deep in the tourney. Not to mention the pre-season pub would have been at a higher level. National exposure would be greater given what everyone saw Royce do in the tourney. All that said, Royce having been here did some nice things for Fred as he gets his coaching career going. Even if it's "good" he's leaving it would have been better for ISU basketball had he stayed.