100% correct. Chasing kids across the country is not a recipe for success. You want east coast kids that can help you build a useful network. Kids say they want to get away from home, but getting a few 100 miles from home is usually good enough, when you are changing time zones and climates and the way people talk things start to be very unfamiliar for these kids. There is just so much talent between Boston and Virginia, even the tier 2 players are good enough to play in the BE.
Good point--and with out of towners there is simply less information from coaches or teachers on who's a troublemaker and who's not. Don't doubt for a moment that John Thompson knew exactly who he was recruiting in the DC/Balt area because he had intel throughout the region.
FWIW, nine of the last ten transfers have been outside of the Northeast.
Stephen Domingo - California Isaac Copeland - North Carolina Paul White - Illinois Chris Sodom - Tennessee Antwan Walker - Washington DC James Akinjo - California Grayson Carter - Texas Josh LeBlanc - Louisiana Galen Alexander - Louisiana Myron Gardner - Michigan
Also Akoy Agau and Tre Campbell transferred in 2017.
None of those guys were huge difference makers for their programs. Copeland probably had the best season while White was a solid cog for Oregon on a better team. Why did they transfer, I don't recall? They were definitely on the opposite of the Whitney skill vs natural athlete spectrum.
It’s almost a full reboot. Sets us back at least 2 years. Sucks.
If the University is supportive of Ewing through the 4 departures, they’ll probably extend their expectations for success out a few years.
He’ll get at least 2 more years after this one, as long as recruiting and player retention moves in a positive direction from this newly established program nadir.
I assume that the University supporting Ewing after the transfers is a no-brainer. Certainly not saying that he should be given unqualified support, given the struggles of this program before and since the transfers, but he is an icon within the program, works hard to recruit, strongly supported by Thompson and brings national attention to the program at a level far greater than is deserved based upon recent results in the past 5 years. He cannot be expected to recruit effectively as a lame duck so an extension almost has to occur.
As fans we can only hope that he is growing as a coach, learning to recruit pieces that fit together and will eventually find the shooters for the offense he wants to run and either learn how or bring in someone who knows how to coach defense. The challenge for Ewing is great. His commitment to the program seems very strong. Now we just need some results.