No it really isn’t. Players don’t buy in to Shaka? Well how is he recruiting elite talent then?
He doesn't recruit elite talent when compared to KU, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Dike, etc. Basketball 5-stars are much diiferent than football recruiting. There are tons more 5 star basketball recruits than football. Hell, Will Baker was a 5 star recruit. He recruits decent talent because he talks a great game. He's a salesman. Not a coach. He's basically John Lucas. Great motivator but an extremely ineffective coach. Rick Barnes actually recruited better talent and was a far more superior coach than Shaka Smart. He's the Tom Herman of college BBall. He belongs on a mid-major program. Thanks to Steve Patterson, we made one of the worst hires in program history. If all you want is mediocre finishes in the B12 and 1st round NCAA tourney exits then Shaka is your guy. If you want a real BBall coach, bring in Mike Hopkins from Washington. Great coach and a stand up no nonsense guy that relates very well with players.