- Oct 24, 2013
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Heide went to a prep school out of state as well & Ola Joseph committed before leaving. However, Payne didn't get any interest until last summer, and Carrington wasn't getting much interest last year.
The recruits you are talking about weren't realistic in year 1. He got 3 Minnesota kids. I am confused about how our recruiting this year is bleak when we are getting better players than any in-state recruit not named Taisom. When did getting MN kids become the requirement for the rebuild? I watched Betts destroy D1MN. He was one of the top 2 players on the court that game. Christie is better than any MN kid in this class - Taisom, and if we get Evans, he and Taisom are equally rated prospects. Winter teams haven't won nothin in high school with another high major D1 kid on the team and a HOF coach who gets to state every year. Winter would have been a good addition, but to act like he was or is some game-changer doesn't make sense to me. It would be nice to win with in-state talent, but this was one of the weakest MN classes we have had in a while. Most were low major to D2 Level kids. There is reason why Grassroots, Pulley & D1MN struggled nationally for AAU this summer
I forgot Heide left so that's my bad, JOJ should be included then for 3/8.
Christie is better than any MN recruit, better than Chatman? Based on what? Kids flash from game to game in the case of someone like Betts, and doesn't mean they can sustain it long term.
I'm not real high on Winter either, but the optics of missing a legacy recruit to Wisconsin are poor. Recruiting rankings are far from perfect but none of the recruits we are landing are top 100 recruits outside of potentially Evans. But he hasn't signed here yet. Winter is ranked right were Payne was last year, and ahead of Carringon, JOJ, Henley, and Betts.
We don't know if any of these guys are game changers at the B1G level including Winter, but Ben wanted him and thought he could be. The Gophers are going to need several of them to turn out to be good to great players if they are going to stay out of last place the next few years. It's really hard to recruit and win in the B1G with nearly all under the radar/late bloomer recruits.