ESPN doesn't follow everything as close as Rivals. Daniel Edozie's ESPN profile (Daniel Edozie - Basketball Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN) doesn't even show his commitment to ISU. To add to that, KJ Bluford doesn't even have an ESPN recruit profile. Plenty of 5 star players underachieve to their ranking. Plenty of 2-3 star players overachieve to their ranking. A player's ranking is only gauging their projected talent in college. I'm sure plenty of the recruits ranked above Matt Thomas and Monte Morris are great basketball players but some wouldn't fit into the way CFH wants to play basketball. Its all about a recruit's fit. Morris and Thomas will fit perfectly into ISU's system.
A Hok friend said Lazard (I know different sport) will "go down stars because 4 star players don't go to ISU". Coud it be the same mentality here - how good can they really be if they go to ISU?
I've been between jobs for a little while now. So I have plenty of time to watch TV. ESPN has regressed to nothing but fake fighting on shows ans wanna be hack stand up comedians on Sports Center.
Other than ball that channel stinks. Like the Kardashians for men
When Matt Thomas committed to Iowa State ESPN had him ranked somewhere in the 80's. AFTER committing to Iowa State he moved down to 31.
When Matt Thomas committed to Iowa State RIVALS had him ranked at 131. AFTER committing to Iowa State he has moved down to 58.
When Matt Thomas committed to Iowa State SCOUT had him ranked around 100. AFTER committing to Iowa State he has moved down to 55.
I don't think they are out to get ISU. However, respecting Fred Hoiberg =/= respecting Iowa State. If a coach is successful at Kentucky (fill in the blank with BB powerhouse) you don't see repeated speculation about the coach looking elsewhere. The ink was hardly dry on his contract and there were already pundits speculating that if successful Fred would quickly use this as a launching pad to the NBA.
Here's one from March of last year - Fred had only completed two years as head coach.
@jwquick: Name to keep an eye on in Blazers coaching search: Former NBA player and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg
- Jason Quick, Oregonian
That's just one I came up with really quickly. Even when it was practically first announced there were several stories about 1. Could he be successful with his lack of experience? and 2. If successful how long could ISU keep him?
Where is the disrespect?
I guess it was better when we had Greg McDermott and nobody wanted him (well except a MVC school)