A number of players from the 27-3 team were more highly rated but there was also less competition for them due to the prep school legitimacy issue. When that dried up, KH tried to make it work with transfers and subsequently, the high school recruiting did fall. Then, the team had two miserable years and after just one decent one, people can't understand why the recruiting isn't what it once was?
That all said, and please do not take this to mean that people don't have a right or even shouldn't be discussing our recruits (and potential recruits), because everyone does have this right, but I have to say that that in the words of Lefty Driesell, "you know I don't know. And, neither do you.
Last year's most heralded recruit was Tim Johnson. The most lightly regarded one was arguably Lasan Kromah. How's that working out for you?
Three stars, two stars, zero stars, I don't give a crap. Recruiting involves fitting pieces into a puzzle by projecting ability, attitude, and capability to fulfill roles at a more advanced level. Why do you care what a kid's scoring average was in high school? In the case of Fitzgerald, isn't it more important to ask whether he will be able to fulfill the roles and perform at the level that KH and staff obviously believe that he can? From the way many of you sound, you'd think that there is a deliberate attempt to sabotage the program with subpar recruits.
Mistakes can and do get made. But there's a huge difference between thinking that Miles Beatty can play at GW with a new and improved attitude and thinking that Allbritton can play Division 1 when you (KH) never saw him play in person. Kh is not making any more mistakes along the lines of latter. Interestingly, one of the big concerns regarding Allbritton is that he hadn't played against high quality competition (and subsequently, it showed). Now, KH has made inroads at NE prep schools where the coaching is solid and the competition is strong, and that doesn't cut it with many of you either. Short of finding the net Ray Allen or Rip Hamilton, I'm not sure if any of you would ever truly be happy with the recruits. (I stand corrected..you'd be happy if Hobbs got that player with 3 or 4 stars net to his name.)
Finally, I will remind everyone that before Hooper started in with his reports about how good last year's freshmen were, I do not recall anyone heaping great praise on that recruiting class. There were no 3 star recruits and in short, there was no feeling of ecitement surrounding that class. This all changed when Hooper gave first-hand accounts. That was followed by each of us seeing for ourselves. Then, we collectively became convinced that the program was turning a corner. Therefore, my advice to LSF and anyone else who is disappointed with this year's recruiting class is.....why don't you watch them play together first.