Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
Somehow I'm not real worried about losing recruits to KSU. Even when KSU was at their apex, they weren't exactly stealing recruits from under our noses. Now that good ol' Dudly Weber is there, I just don't give a large rats ass about the fightin' Ekos.
Likewise with Illinois. They haven't generally been a threat for premier Missouri talent.
If Mizzou can lock down 1/2 of Missouri's top-shelf (i.e. 4 and 5 star) talents, they'll be in very good shape. That's 1 or 2 of those premium players every year; more than enough to build the foundation for a very strong program. Surround them with a plus transfer, a high-end out of state player or 2, (getting a Webster-Chan caliber player every season shouldn't be tough) and some good coaching finds (the Dixons/Denmons of the world) and Mizzou should be a threat for the Sweet 16 most seasons.
Well, provided they can slip past Norfolk State, that is.
Illinois with a coach that can recruit could be the occasional problem, I mean the reason recently they haven't been an issue is the same reason you're citing for KSU not going to be an issue anytime soon with Weber. Still I think you're probably on the money with a goal of getting around 50% long term expectations wise, and yeah that Norfolk State thing is going to stick with you a while. Just be glad for the little things like Duke dropping the game vs. Lehigh and bailing you out from getting anywhere near the media scrutiny you'd have otherwise pulled. Went from possibly the story of the week from the tournament to "oh and this also happened."