That sound you just heard was the Big Blue Nation freaking out unnecessarily.
Why, you ask?
Because they don't understand. They don't understand that you can't get 6 top-50 recruits to come sit on your bench. They don't understand that there's a difference between 'project' and 'untalented.' They don't understand that for every Shagari Alleyne, there are two Nazr Mohammeds on Tubby Smith's resume.
Well, I do understand. And I think that the news breaking that Mike Williams, a 7'0" British by way of Virginia back-to-the-basket center, has apparently become the first to verbally agree to join the 2006 Wildcats basketball team is good news.
Details are sketchy, but we all knew Williams was a late addition to the recruiting puzzle, and that he has more upside than stats at this point. But the interest in him has perked considerably in recent months, and I guess that whatever knee issues he had been getting checked out must have, well, checked out.
The Great Briton has dropped 80 pounds from a once-huge frame (which certainly must help his knees). He's also been pursued by Pitt, Michigan and Florida State, among others in early.
Is this a wasted scholarship with all these aforementioned players ready to show up?
I say no. I haven't seen him, none of us on the outside have. But big guys who can score -- note: shagari could NEVER score -- are a commodity. And we were all ready to pat Phil Jones on the back a few months ago, despite his similar rep.
My advice? Ignore the haters, the rankings-obsessed and trust in the staff. A few misses does not make for a lost eye for talent.
Oh, and welcome aboard a big British dude. Tally Ho, indeed!