And trust me I get all that but in college it’s about your name and what you’ve been doing. These days as far as NCAA we haven’t done much. We haven’t been winning the A10. Yes we had a very successful NBA player and some others make it for decent careers. I don’t think recruits probably focus too much on G league stuff. The fact is we’re a brand. That’s literally why we live off the Havoc stuff still. If the brand isn’t getting consistent success, new concepts and exposure it becomes stale. Ask the band. Arguably the best band in the nation 10 years ago and probably still 6-7 years ago. Now many of us can admit bands even in conference have passed it. Now I’m not suggesting we’re stale but if we aren’t careful we could become that and simply be living off the Final 4 and such.
We’ve made transfers this off season that yes were major recruits but there’s reasons they transferred. They didn’t transfer from from those schools because they just really wanted to play here. They weren’t getting to play much for the power school they were at.
I guess I ask myself besides our practice facility and all that what advances have we seen in the program since then? Siegel hasn’t really changed that much. I mean under Shaka we saw practice facility breaking ground and renovations to Siegel center. Have we seen anything since then?
Honestly, outside of the vcu fanbase...no one..and I mean no one cares about the band...never have...it's like asking the average fan who won the ncaa dance team championship this year...unless you are watching ESPN on.saturday afternoon..you wouldn't know.
Silas Demary went to St. John's last weekend. All their fans could pitch was playing at MSG. While that's great..St. John's has been to 4 NCAA's since 2000..no other post season invites. While VCU has 4 NCAA appearances and 1 NIT since Shaka left in 2015.
Our other competition for Demary is Providence has 8 NCAA appearances since 2000 and 4 since 2015.
Go back read the offer list most of the players on current squad and you'll see most if not all our non transfer players chose vcu over power 5 conference schools.
As far as getting back to the big dance and.making a run...it's coming this year...