Beat the Mizzou
- Aug 13, 2008
He inherited two guards, one highly skilled who he made much better (CJ went from 11ppg to near 16 in one season) and one who he really developed into an all-time great in Lofton. Everyone else on that team was considered a bust at that point in their career. Major Wingate was the #1 prospect in the nation at one point, he was ranked ahead of LeBron James. By his senior year of high school he was down to 60th on Rivals and by his junior year at Tennessee even that seemed extremely overranked. The argument that a walk-on who averaged one point a game was part of his loaded roster he inherited and not that he did an amazing job developing him is an all time bad take from some on here. Pearl worked a miracle his first year.
Chris Lofton was 3rd team All American his freshman year; I'm calling some BS on Pearl "really developing him".
Pearl didn't work a miracle; I give him credit for what he did but a competent coach gets that team in the NCAAT the year before.