One thing people often forget about Floyd is the impact the one year of recruiting had. We had a GREAT class coming in with Gerald Henderson and C.J. Bruhton, the guard court of the future. Then Bruhton was ruled ineligible (that issued is what made us primed to be PO'ed about Lucca's) out of Australia if I remember correctly, and I beleive Henderson didn't make grades. That made Floyd scramble for lesser replacements that didn't help the whole turnover issue. That was the class to pair with Fizer to take the step towards consistency.
I think everyone is worried about saving a scholarship too much.
If Barnes wants to go to ISU and there's no scholarship left for him, they'll find a scholarship for him. Whether it's telling a player who is getting no playing time that he won't ever get playing time, or telling one of the scholarship players whose parents are in a good financial state to pay their own way for a year.
This goes for every program in the country. If a coach can get a top 10 guy and don't have a scholarship available, they will make a scholarship available.
With the amount of turnover that has taken place in this program, I think GMac can afford to take some chances by offering extra scholarships and having to work out of it.
Also, has anyone heard if Harrison is keeping an eye on Europe? I think a reason that many players at the top of this 2009 class are still unsigned is because they want to keep an eye on the Brandon Jennings experiment. Not saying that many or any of them will actually pursue that route, but I'd bet that's at least a small reason why they aren't signing anywhere yet.
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