No, CKS shouldn’t be forced to do anything.
He had to start with basically nothing and has us on the cusp of the NCAA tourney last year. He lost a number of players last year that has caused our depth to hurt this year. Still, we’re at the exact same spot we were last year with a chance to go on a run again.
We have Top 70 recruiting classes 2 of the last 3 years (counting this next year’s class). Only reason we didn’t have one last year was Allen didn’t commit. He commits, we’re a top 25 team. For us to even be in the conversation about Allen and in his last 2 is saying something.
We won’t find a better coach than CKS. Sorry, this idea that we need to look elsewhere is just dumb. Pastner, you mean the guy that took Memphis from a top 16 team to not even in the NIT? CKS coached circles around him last year.
And we had a guy that recruited top tier high school talent to Houston at one point; his name was James Dickey. That didn’t turn out so well. And creating a connection to high school talent doesn’t matter; you have to create a pipeline to the AAU circuit which means playing a dirty game.
Sampson has said from the beginning that he’s creating a program, not just a team. Last year’s team probably overachieved because of Devonte Pollard, a former 5* recruit who finally reached his potential. Still, we are still relying on guys that had to be brought in to fill in the roster early on. But realize, Pollard, Gray, Dotson, Robinson, Van Beck, Brooks were all brought in because CKS is here. If we land Allen, or Chris Harris makes the grades, we’re probably not having this conversation.