The Amile Jefferson saga, or, hours of my life I'm never getting back.
I should know better by now. Before Amile there was CJ Leslie's long, agonizing recruitment; before him there was Mustafa Shakur, Brent Schaeffer, AJ Davis, Julius Hodge, Schea Cotton, Byron Mouton.
A few mostly common sense thoughts now that the whole thing is done with:
- We really all need to learn to ignore recruiting and recruits, at least until a player commits to play for State. Its just pointless to follow the speculation about what the Amile Jefferson's of the world will do before they make up their minds. One could have watched 15 seconds of his press conference today and known just as much relevant information as one who checked the message boards daily for months.
- Don't follow high school players on twitter. Don't tweet at recruits. Have some basic level of self-respect.
- We are bringing in 3 McDonald's All-Americans next year. Repeat that to yourself. Now consider that two of those guys will not even start next year. We will be fine.
- While disappointing to lose at the end, tip your cap to what Gott/Moxley did in the Amile recruitment. He's from Philly. He goes to a Duke-esque private school. His Dad was not in our corner. He knew nothing about NC State a year ago. We had no recent success to sell until VERY recently. For Gott/Moxley to get within a whisker of landing Amile over Duke and Kentucky under those circumstances is incredible.
- Continuing the thought, with the staff's demonstrated recruiting prowess, do not worry about 2013-2014 yet. We will need a bunch of good players in that class - and we'll get them.
- Also remember that the staff picked up Alex Johnson, MEGAHORSE, and now Ralston Turner out of nowhere. If we need more guys for depth, the staff will find them.
- What happens on the court is what matters, ultimately. Next year's team, baring some truly bizarre circumstances, will be playing for seeding and titles, not for a winning record or a desparate shot at the bubble. It will be fun. Get excited about that, not about which 17 year old might say in his next Rivals.com interview.