I played golf last Friday with a guy whose son was a very good athlete and played high school basketball with one of the players in this state most of wished we would have gotten to stay home and play for the Gophers. I asked him on the way to the 18th tee what happened with that player and Pitino, as I knew he was pretty good friends with that family. He told me that, "Pitino never recruited him. He offered but didn't act like he wanted him." If I had only heard something like once, I might blow it off.What has shown those guys would be here? Johnson got 1 of them to commit to a school he was coaching. that one guy entered the transfer portal with his as the newly named head coach. I drink a lot but I’m currently sober so maybe I’m missing something not being in a good head space.
I'm a school teacher and a coach (for a different sport), and because of that, I have some connections to high school basketball coaches. Some who have and do coach some very successful programs in the state with some top high school players in Minnesota. Comments like the one above I've heard several times the last 7 or 8 years. I know nothing about AAU basketball, and I don't have connections there. But I KNOW Pitino should have done a lot better with recruiting Minnesota kids. If he had, there is no doubt in my mind that he would still be the coach.
Now you and others can complain about the hiring of Ben Johnson for the next two weeks like you have the last week and a half, or you can relax, have a drink, and let it play out. Let's see who we get as our assistant coaches. Let's see who we get to stay and commit in the transfer portal. We've been in the last four places in the B1G 3 of the last 4 years. I think the future is much brighter with Ben Johnson as coach than it was the last 8 years. I also think that next year will be much better than the previous 2 seasons.