Originally Posted by O.city
It's just tough when you have so many other schools so close to your recruiting beds.
Realistically, STL and KC are your hot spots. You have KSU and KU in the KC area and Illinois and others in STL.
I think MU can absolutely get and should get 75 percent of the top guys. It gets tough when you have the UNC's, Duke's and Ku's coming after guys as well.
Saul is right though, the MU brand is blowing up right now.
Somehow I'm not real worried about losing recruits to KSU. Even when KSU was at their apex, they weren't exactly stealing recruits from under our noses. Now that good ol' Dudly Weber is there, I just don't give a large rats ass about the fightin' Ekos.
Likewise with Illinois. They haven't generally been a threat for premier Missouri talent.
If Mizzou can lock down 1/2 of Missouri's top-shelf (i.e. 4 and 5 star) talents, they'll be in very good shape. That's 1 or 2 of those premium players every year; more than enough to build the foundation for a very strong program. Surround them with a plus transfer, a high-end out of state player or 2, (getting a Webster-Chan caliber player every season shouldn't be tough) and some good coaching finds (the Dixons/Denmons of the world) and Mizzou should be a threat for the Sweet 16 most seasons.
Well, provided they can slip past Norfolk State, that is.