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According to Adam Zagoria, UCLA's wish list is Donovan, Wright, Smart, Stevens, and Gottfried.
I will take Adams or Parker if either wants out.
I think they get Smart...
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I actually doubt that UCLA could afford Donovan. They can't pay more than Florida does for him. Smart would be a good "fit" hire for them as UCLA seems to like to run up and down though I have reservations about that one. That is a great system in a one off game but probably suffers in a league that sees it time after time. Stevens just seems unlikely to me. Butler is a better job than VCU so less incentive to move in my opinion. Gottfried has to be a joke. Jay Wright seems to be everyone's fall back option.
Donovan isn't going there.
Wright is the ultimate fall back and yet never gets offered.
Stevens isn't going to leave Butler until Krzyzewski dies.
Gottfried was an assistant there, but that would be sooooo comical.
Shaka is the hire. VCU isn't going to move to a big boy conference, so if he wants a big boy job, he has to leave. UCLA would be an excellent fit for him. Great place to recruit for his style, very winnable league.
Yeah, I'd take Adams or Parker too if they decide to transfer.
If it ends up being Smart, Tony Parker is not a very good fit in that system. With Hudy S&C and some Self big man teaching he could be a player. I remember during his recruitment he just loved Hudy. I think if Manning hadn't gotten the Tulsa job Parker would already be a jayhawk.
I'd love to get in in Adams or Parker, but I just don't see how it happens. Parker winds up back down at Georgia and we weren't ever really in on Adams.
Saw a good point on TFS regarding Stevens. His shine could come off quick in a Big East where he is out talented for a few years. May be a good time to jump if you are him.
UCLA historically hates to pay for a big name. After feeling burnt by Howland, it will be interesting to see if they pony up. Big hire for them with USC hiring at the same time and likely willing to pay more.
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Yeah, I wonder if the PAC-12 money will change that but I doubt it.
Out talented by whom? Butler's talent level historically will fit in just fine with the teams that are actually going to be in that league.
Let me rephrase. I think Butler has better physical talent than most in their league now. That makes winning easy. They will be even at best with everyone in their new league. He looks less attractive for Duke et all if he goes 20-10 average the next 4 years.
How will they be "at best even" with most of their new league? Georgetown? Okay. Marquette? Maybe. Villanova? Sometimes. Beyond that, Creighton and Xavier are basic comparables already, and St. John's, Seton Hall, Providence, and DePaul don't have much of anything. Seems to me like Butler is right in the middle of that mix physically.
You are goin from having your competition be VCU, for one year, and Stl. Who has been bad until this year too Gtown, Marquette and Villanova. Creighton and Xavier are comparable to VCU and St. Louis but are now at least three programs down the list. It is a big step up the ladder competition wise. More than that any warts you have get much more public.
There is going to be a big time domino effect with coaching changes. We should have some opportunities to snag another big from someone else's recruiting class.
There is a real possibility that this could be a year of seismic shifts in coaches. USC is already looking, UCLA should be, and if Barnes can find a spot like USC, he should bolt this year, otherwise he is just waiting to be fired next year. This could be the year that guys like Stevens, Marshall, and Smart get seriously pursued.
After 10 years and 3 final fours, he is now fired.
It seems like Pastner is also a hot name out there.
Pastner and Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins are the two realistic names I hear most for USC. No one has a great sense of what UCLA will do yet.
If you are UCLA you need to have your ducks in a row. I think Stevens is first on the list but if you can't get him you don't even try publicly. People hate being seen as the fallback option and teams will start throwing extensions at people the longer it takes. I would not want to try to get Smart after publicly failing with Stevens for example.
I know it's a long shot but given Coach Townsend's Seattle connection. I'd be intrigued if they look at Zach Lavine.
But only 233 wins in 10 years...that's really not very good.
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