I don't think anyone is suggesting we are "there" yet. But in order to get there, you have to be able to show that your program has put people in the league. Personally, I don't want to be a one-and-done program (would prefer the 2 to 3 year guys), but being the sort that regularly puts people in the league after any number of years is how you get more players with those ambitions and the skills to back it up. You have to start somewhere, and we were never going to realistically start back-filling that kind of talent without first showing some success (though you could probably argue that we have some pretty good back fill for Ayo with Miller and Curbelo).We got two years out of Ayo. As much as I had hoped. He had a great year. Never got March, but good for him.
Not ready for Kofi to be gone. We are not a team that can absorb a loss like him yet.
Many here keep talking about how great this will be for the program. I am not there. Once we start loosing players to the NBA and still can compete at the top of the Big Ten, alright. But we are not there yet. We are still a program where one player can make or break a team. So no, I am not exited for Kofi yet.
As big of a deal as Ayo is, I personally think a Kofi departure will have the bigger negative impact on our 20/21 prospects. Miller and Curbelo can probably make up for a lot of (but obviously not likely all) of what we lose in Ayo, but we have no one seemingly ready to step in for Kofi.