Saying you won’t recruit over guys is impossible. Saying that you won’t recruit over a certain level is impossible. KU recruits the top players because KU is a top school that can recruit the top players. If KU avoids recruiting those players, they risk missing out on more than just OADs.
I actually just saw this. The point made contrary to this is promising a kid that you won’t recruit over him with a presumed OAD. It’s not that you won’t recruit over him. It’s just that you won’t bring in the one year (alleged) wonder like Wiggins to send him to the bench — the presumed OAD.
As is, recruits see a so-so player like Grimes PROMISED a starting spot. And a reasonable wonder is, will that happen to them their junior or senior season? Well it won’t outside of about 8-10 programs that get these drama queens. So that makes a program like KU less attractive.
Again, non-presumed OADs? Sure. But not presumed OAD that requires promises, as they all generally do.
That is the approach that would be key and helpful to landing more kids in the range discussed. If they knew that they would be able to compete and not face a guy PROMISED a starting spot, that would make KU much more attractive.