Yeah. This is going to be off topic a bit but I remember that when Illinois was searching for a new head coach a lot of people wanted Martin due to his recruiting skills (at least that is how I remember it, I could be wrong). So what happened? I don't follow his recruiting but it does not seem as if he has been much of a recruiting savant. And hopefully that won't change.
Born and raised Illinois fan that ended up in Tennessee for high school and thus Tennessee for college. Was excited when Tennessee hired Cuonzo from Missouri State. He was young (40 years old when hired) and thus could still relate to the kids he was recruiting. Then the disaster began. He recruited well, but his style of basketball is painful to watch. He stifles offensive minded players in favor of a slow, half court game predicated on playing stingy defense. His philosophy is essentially "Limit their possessions and make the most of our possessions". It sucks to watch. I'd have more fun watching Chester Frazier or Ahmad Starks shoot 3's.
Why does he keep striking out on recruits? Because anyone who watches a team coached by him play wants to tear their eyes out after about 10 minutes. No one wants to play that kind of game. I'm sorry, defense is important, but it doesn't get you a highlight reel like dropping 30 points does.
Side note on Clownzo, his career has been a 3 year and bail career at every stop. Just long enough that he never sees the freshman he recruits as seniors. 3 years at Missouri State, 3 years at Tennessee, 3 years at Cal. This is his third at Missou. I for one will be looking at him to bail after this year.