Your philosophy is good if you can assume that Coach Self will always be able to get the top-50 players he wants or needs to plug into his system. But that certainly is not a guarantee. If he decides to not go after the best, and he doesn’t get that top-50 player, then he is faced with going after a still-lower (and maybe much lower) ranked player. That’s why Tharpe is here.
One of the problems Self has–and he has mentioned this a number of times–is the outrageously high expectations every year from KU supporters and fans. “We lost all five starters, but we are still expected to win the conference title and compete for the NC.”
You mentioned the mid-majors: VCU, George Mason, Butler, Wichita State. I’m sure there are others. They all did well for 2-3 years. If KU would miss the NCAA tourney once, fans around here would be calling for Self to be fired.
Fans aren’t patient enough to wait for players to develop. Case in point is David Padgett. Posters on these boards didn’t allow him any time to develop. Constantly criticized him. Merciless. He may have turned out to be quite valuable if he had been given time to develop.
I remind you again that OADs Wiggins and Embiid were not the ones responsible for the loss in the 3rd round of the tournament. As EKY said, KU didn’t have a decent point guard. That’s not a OAD drama issue.
I have always enjoyed reading your posts. Almost always insightful and thought-provoking. But I just don’t know how–considering the play throughout the season–you could have expected a better showing in the postseason.