I live in the DFW area and there has been a lot of talk lately on how the 2009 draft of the cowboys is haunting them and will haunt them for a few more years. I think we can say the same thing about the Tech basketball program with the hiring of Bob Knight. I read a quote a few days ago in the LAJ when they were "Catching up with Knight"
Why West Texas is tough for basketball recruiting: (Knight pulls out a paper and draws Xs for Wichita Falls, Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa, Midland, San Angelo and Abilene.) “I recruited for six years and in those six years those seven cities produced one player.”
- So instead of creating relationships with AAU coaches in the great state of TX or developing relationships with coaches in Houston and Dallas, he chose to be lazy and recruit a 150-200 mile radius of Lubbock.
- Someone draw a 150-200 mile radius around Lawrence KS, Manhattan KS, Tuscon AZ, Seattle WA, Ann Arbor MI, etc. I don't see any massive cities around those universities. Those are coaches that recruit nationally and develop relationships with AAU and top high school coaches. There is a reason they are always solid, they hire sharp, driven individuals.
- Pat, he was an awesome guy from all accounts but he chose to do things the way his dad did but without the experience of his elder. There went 3 more years of undeveloped recruiting relationships.
I haven't been excited about Tech basketball in 5 years but I am extremely excited to see what happens. I hope like crazy Kirby finds us someone who lives on the road and understands the new way of doing things in college basketball.