What recruit do we have that is viewed as an NBA prospect. Our freshmen next year are decent to good but this isn't a group where they are all for sure ready to play year 1. I think that is unrealistic expectations for any of the 3. Payne is the most physically ready of the 3 and can rebound at a high level but nothing about Carrington & JOJ screams they are year 1 contributors.As an AAU coach…when you have a player you think is solid, you are upset when only MIAC schools recruit them.
If you have good players with multiple offers…Wherever your players go ….90 some % of the time they expect to play. The other coaches recruiting them are telling them they’ll play. You want them to come to your school…all you have to offer is playing time and playing in the Big Ten. You haven’t won squat…like say Wisconsin, “we finish top 4 every year…trust us” so your players aren’t coming to Minnesota to sit.
Lightly recruited bigs with strength and skill deficiencies might have different expectations and conversations .
You think a kid who thinks he is all NBA is going to go to a bottom dwelling local team with the idea of sitting? Not the ones I know. Or even more unlikely have their AAU coaches fine with them sitting. The portal makes it easy to go to the other program who wanted you bad and guarantees you’ll play!