Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Why I Don't Want Michael Gilchrist
For the most part, Villanova is in the business of recruiting players to stay a full four years in school and get a degree. There are only three major exceptions to this rule if you exclude transfers. Of those three players, only Tim Thomas stayed at Villanova for only one year. Michael Gilchrist seems to be a good player, but a fine academic institution like Villanova cannot afford to sell its soul to win a national championship (Kentucky has been selling its soul to win since Adolf Rupp was coach.) In my opinion, the only time Villanova should go after players who they know for a fact will not stay the full four years is if they get a chance on a player who is a once in a generation talent (Kevin Durant, Kobe etc.) Gilchrist is a very good player, but he has two huge red flags: a virtual guarantee that he won't stay beyond one year and the fact that he rolls with Worldwide Wes. The last thing any school needs is a freshman who already has an entourage and Gilchrist (like Tyreke Evans before him) is already rolling heavy. Did I mention that all this talk doesn't matter because he's going to play for Calipari anyways?