I'll agree with his point that ISU needs to take some risks to be successful, but the whole "Let's be honest, Iowa State is a difficult job" slant is B.S. In football, it may be a difficult job. In basketball, not so much. ISU has one of the best arenas in the country. It has some of the best attendance in the country. Its home court advantage is excellent (assuming the team gives the fans anything at all to cheer for). ISU went through a stretch from the early 90's to the mid 2000's where we had FOUR different head coaches make the NCAA tourney. ISU may not be KU or Texas or Illinois, but don't tell me that it's a hard place to win in MBB. It's not.
RW was a top 20 rated player. Is Fizer the only recruit we've had that was rated higher?
I thought Brackins was a top 20 recruit by some services. Am I mis-remembering?
The last 4 coaches were successful at a job that doesn't have some of the built-in advantages, like a national title history, a big national name, and all that. It's a tough, but not as tough as Mac made it look. The four predecessors each showed that it could be done here.
I agree with the fact that ISU has not had a lot of players with the hype of White, but so far all it is is hype. It is great that Fred is taking a chance on White and I agree it is the thing to do. I do not agree that the ISU job is extremely difficult or that ISU can only attract elite players if they are somehow flawed. Even GMac had some pretty talented players. They just never stayed around long enough to develop a winning program.
I think he was spot on, except for the "never get a player like that at Iowa State" part, but I agree, it's a risk that needs to be taken at this point in time.
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Damn, someone beat me to it.
If KState is able to have a successful basketball program, there is no way Iowa State shouldn't. Let's not be quite as shady or recruit Puerto Rico so hard though.