Originally Posted by SeeinRed
For one, most of the actual "well regarded" recruits that he brought in are still on this team and have noticably improved. Wright, Dixon, Bishop, Thomas, and yes even Gates have improved their game this year. Dixon and Bishop are the most improved of the group and they have really taken off so far this year. Players like Larry Davis are even giving more quality minutes than last year. It really is a tired argument IMO.
I'll be the first to admit that this team looks better than any team that Cronin has had at UC. It's kind of tough to measure how much better his players are given that they've yet to really play anyone decent but I'm cautiously optimistic.
That said, it's a "tired argument" because up until this season it has been true. Can you name a single player who has gotten appreciably better in their time at UC? Deonta Vaugh peaked as a sophomore and had his worst season as a senior. Anthony McClain and Darnell Wilks were both top 75 recruits and four years later neither have been able to contribute in any meaningful way. Yancy Gates was a top 25 recruit and three years later he's largely the same player he was when he first walked on campus. Stephenson was a McDonalds All-American and showed very little improvement during his one season at UC.
While I don't think it's fair to blame a coach when a player doesn't develop, when a pattern like this emerges I think it's perfectly fair to question what the coaching staff is doing.