I agree that it is not easy to find a "Meyer" in basketball these days. More importantly, if there is a "Meyer" out there in basketball, I am not sure whether he would take a job at OSU. I understand that as fans it is easy for us to say that since Thad has not won a NC for us in 10 years, and since Meyer replaced a legendary coach to win us a NC in three years, let's replace Thad with a "Meyer" that will win one for us soon. Unfortunately, the reality is that although both the OSU football program and the OSU football coaching job are most likely among top 5 in the country, despite the fact that Thad raised the OSU basketball program to a pretty high level, any unbiased person would agree that the OSU basketball program or the OSU basketball coaching job is not up to the same level. These differences between the two programs certainly affect our ability to recruit the top-notch high school basketball players on a CONSISTENT basis, attract a "Meyer" type basketball coach, and to get up over the hump (i.e. winning a NC).
Because of the differences mentioned above, I believe that Thad's inability to recruit elite big men in the last few years and willingness to "settle" with Williams and McDonald was not because he could not evaluate talents on big men or did not make enough efforts on recruiting big men (if I remember correctly, he did try very hard to recruit quite a few better big men prospects in the last few years but got struck out each time), but because, at least in large part, the OSU basketball program does not have the same ability as top five basketball programs or the OSU football program in term of competing with other top programs to attract elite recruits. Every time when I see a poster questioning Thad's settling with Williams and McDonald, I cannot help but laughing simply because if Thad had a better option (e.g. a better big man was willing to commit, or he could afford a team without any big man for the 2011/12 season), I am pretty sure that he would be smart enough to not take either or both of the two obviously compromised centers. My point is that although it is easy for Thad to always take a Davis or an Okafor instead of a Williams or a McDonald, it is much more difficult for him to put himself in a position to make those easy decisions. In other words, Thad settled with his best options at the time, which is most of us would do for our daily lives.