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Old Jan 2, 2017, 10:14 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by oldman View Post
Maybe we should just focus on big guards and small forwards, since we seem to do better recruiting those kinds of players. Two of my favorite teams of all time were the flying illini and the Cazzie Russell (a Chicago kid) Michigan teams of the mid-60s.
It's not that we recruit those players better, it's that there are more of them. High level bigs are few and far between. In reality Groce has done fairly well grabeing Morgan, Black, Finke, and now Tilmon (not to mention transfers like Thorne).

On Smith, I'm in favor of offering him, but I do wonder how much the pressure on Groce plays a role in the decision. Groce knows how important short term progress is, so getting a big class in now is probably more important to his status than long term class balance.
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