In all seriousness, the '13 class will make or break Freddie here, long term. We can't go back to the Floyd/LE, great teams, then off the cliff for two years treadmill if we want this program to become what Fred wants it to become.
A great young class would be ok. We can skip a year while the young players develop, but then we need to have a long sustained NCAA appearance run...
Orr had us in the NCAA in 6 of the his last 9 years on the job, would have been 7 out of 9 had his NBA center not been hit by a train and taken out of action. Check that, it could have been 8 out of 10 had he not stepped down with 5 senior starters and two more his top seniors coming off the bench. If Hoiberg can have Orr like success with wins in the conference tournament and play an exiting brand of bb plus do what Orr couldn't and win on the road some, I think we would all be happy with that kind of success.
It will be important to get some talented players, and hopefully half of the class is made up of HS players, that can contribute almost immediately.
I agree, that eventually it would be nice to not have to rely on taking more than 1 transfer per year. I think Freddie will always consider that, but if you have to rely on taking 2-3 year, you're sure to have some horrible years sprinkled in with good years ala LE and TF.
I'd agree make or break might not be the best wording, but I think it has a definite potential to make him. We should have good momentum after next season. If we can bring in a strong class and keep that momentum going we should keep moving in a positive direction. It's clear Fred understands the importance of that momentum and I would expect the 2013 class to be a mix of strong Freshman talent with a few transfer/Juco types to keep that momentum.
If 2013 doesn't work out it's not a program killer. I doubt we are going to be worse than we were a few years ago and Fred found a way there. I trust he'll do it again.
We're not doing so hot in the class of 2013. A lot of the guys we are recruiting are favoring other schools