I know there's a lot of talk about the "down" talent on this year's basketball team, but I wanted to break out all of the guys Thad has recruited since he took over in '04-'05. A "Thad Five," if you will.
Position: Starter / Backup
PG: Mike Conley / Aaron Craft (Really, I think Noopy Crater was his only other PG recruit, and it didn't work out.
SG: Jon Diebler / William Buford
SF: Evan Turner (played PG his last year, I know) / David Lighty
PF: Jared Sullinger (I know, he played Center 95% of the time though but did start alongside Dallas his freshman year for 5 minutes a game or so) / DeShaun Thomas
C: Greg Oden / Kosta Koufous
Honorable Mention: Je'Kel Foster (transfer), Daequan Cook (did win Big Ten's 6th man of the year), Dallas Lauderdale (was a solid center for 4 years)
Misses: Sibert, Spoon, Crater, Offutt (a few others who weren't all that highly rated)
That's one helluva a starting 5 and a really good backup 5. I think we sometimes forget the level of talent Matta brings in because of a couple of years without a big name, 5 star first rounder.
Who are your 5? Note: Commits under O'Brien I did not count towards Matta, although I guess technically they did have to re-commit to Matta.