From CoachCal.com: “Big Blue Nation, I want you to think about what I’m about to say. I’m hearing all the accolades of an incoming recruiting class being the “best ever in the history of the game.” Come on, folks! Why would we do that to this new group of kids?
Let’s just think about the last four years. Our first freshman class helped us win 35 games with a chance to win the national title at the end of the year. We were No. 1 in the country, and those freshmen went No. 1, No. 5, No. 18 and No. 29 in the NBA Draft.
Think about the next year. We had a Final Four run at the end of the year and we were playing as well as any team in the country with freshman guards Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb and a freshman forward in Terrence Jones. Brandon and Enes Kanter went No. 3 and No. 8 in the draft that year, and Terrence and Doron went 18 and 42 the following year.”