ATLeagle wrote:No one knew that Troy Bell was going to be as good as he was. Certainly no one on EA. People worried about other schools coming in late, but he didn't even get a Big Ten offer.
At this time in Al's tenure EA was probably more concerned about Al than we are about Donahue.
I think Donahue is a great Xs & Os guy but he's going to need a Bell/Smith/Dudley program changer to emerge from this incoming class or the next one.
Posters on EA, who despite loving giving Spaz a chance in his fourth miserable season hate giving Donahue a chance going into his third, are pretending that Craig Smith was an on paper big time get from a recruiting services standpoint because he is listed as a 4 star in the rivals database. Then one guy goes so far as to say Reggie Jackson was the highest rated player in Colorado since Chauncey Billups. While I have no idea what that means exactly, Reggie's best offer other than BC was Colorado(that's 2008 colorado for those handicapped with concepts such as time) and his other offers were from places like Tulsa and the Air Force Academy. Revisionist history stinks.
I've been on EA for a long time, so I'll clarify. Believe it or not, there was actually a lot of hype about both.
For Jackson, it was because a regular poster on that board, who is from Colorado (I forget whom, tkden, maybe), did indeed make the comment that his senior season was regarded locally as the best since Billups'. I distinctly remember the comparison in the winter/spring of that year, and apparently there was a lot of chatter among coaches in Colorado about Jacksons' development and future prospects.
In regards to Smith, bearing in mind that it was a lot long ago, and I was still in high school, so I didn't follow things as closely. That said, I am sure that he did come with some fanfare. Most of the hype occurred during/after his PG year at Worcester Academy. IIRC, other schools came after him at that point because he'd lost significant weight, and in addition to that a lot of EA posters (billyg comes to mind) were able to see him in person. Smith signed his second LOI with BC out of loyalty, although the 4* ranking was in line with how he was regarded at that time, even if it wasn't in line with how he was regarded out of high school.
I can't speak for Bell. But, in the cases of Jackson and Smith, most of the hype occurred well after they signed their LOIs. This falls in line with the diamond-in-the-rough narrative, and it doesn't really contradict ATL's implicit point above. That said, without the benefit of context, the comments that you quote above are not in and of themselves inaccurate.
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