[quote=“Skeeza, post:16, topic:854”][quote=Boeheim blasts PSU’s decision to join Big Ten ]“I guarantee, and you can write a story, Penn State basketball will never be successful in the Big Ten,” he said. “I will give you my heart if they are. I’m talking ever. Just not going to happen.”
Gotta admit, he made this comment over 20 years ago. How profetic was he?[/quote]
I don’t think it takes a brain surgeon to say what he said, just a guy with big kahunas to make a statement as such. To do anything, he really felt that PSU had to recruit in the hotbeds of NYC, Philly, Baltimore, DC. By going to the Big Ten, the Lions were basically moving away from their target areas.
Ohio State, Michigan/MSU, Indiana/Purdue, Illinois, Wisconsin all have their states pretty much covered when it comes to the very best talent. PSU needed to build up their recruiting base, but those kids in those areas grow up wanting to play in the Big East and ACC or even the Big 5 (Temple/St Joe’s/LaSalle), not the Big Ten. Add to that, the fact that Central PA and Western PA are not hoop hotbeds, like those of the aforementioned East Coast areas.
So then I ask, where is the talent coming from? Albany (Battle/Buie), Texas (Babb/Frazier), Louisville (Brooks), Western PA (Jackson), Cincinnati (Edwards - wow a Big Ten locale) and previously from Connecticut (Clax) and Columbus (Corn). Not one from NYC, Philly (does Jones or Ott count as top talent?), Baltimore or DC.
We’ve been challenged and we’ll continue to be challenged…though I feel ED has done a decent job in getting some talent to come to PSU. Just not any top ones over 6’6" (Brooks/DJ?), and that is truly where we have a void.