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coach...just recruiter. Give him above average SEC talent and he cant coach em up.
Maybe so, but playing with Freshman as the center pieces willl catch up to you at some point with a bad season. Also, they were starting to play better when Noel went down.
I don't like him, but he is both a good recruiter and good coach. Don't forget that he got UMASS to the final four as well. They ha Camby and Roe, but not other great players. Roe never did much in the NBA, so he was able to coach a team with only one real NBA player to a final four.
They struggled this year for sure. I wouldn't put too much stock in last nights game. I watched and those kids really didn't want to be there. Happens to bubble teams that lose out a lot. At KY, NIT = don't care and it showed last night. A couple of other bubble teams lost to inferior competition as well. I would guess for te same reasons.
Pretty spot on, I'd say. He's a great recruiter. He's a good coach, not a great coach, but a darn good one. You give a good coach elite talent and they're going to win a lot of games.
Cal is playing Russian roulette with this style. 5 out of 6 times he and the UK folks will be very pleased with the outcome. That 6th time, not so much. I don't care how much talent you bring in every year eventually you're going to run into issues where the freshmen you're relying on don't pan out as soon as you'd like and/or you have a team with chemistry issues because of a total lack of continuity.
It's no coincidence that his title team last year had dynamic freshmen but also a trio of experienced returning players.
Based on his comments throughout the season, it sounds like he just couldn't get through to them. They had a bunch of guys who wanted to play their own game on the court.
The reason they were so good last year was because he got them to play together.
Sometimes good coaches lose teams that feel like they don't have anything to play for. Hell, Saban lost his team in 2008 when they got smoked by Utah. I don't think anybody would say he's just a good recruiter.
he's definitely getting by on the talent that comes in, and some of that comes from the Kentucky name itself. I find his coaching questionable - still say he cost his team a NC a few years ago to Kansas when Chalmers hit the 3 to send it into OT.
To his credit, he doesn't fool himself into thinking of his players as 4 year guys, and recruits with the expectation that he's only going to get a year or two at most from his most talented players.
Dude took Umass to the final four. Took Memphis to the title game and should have won. Took freshman laden teams to a title and two final fours at UK.
He is a good coach.
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