Hall of Famer
- Aug 30, 2001
I'm not that young since I attended IU from '79 to '83. Of course he had great talent on many of his teams, but he didn't have the best talent on his teams. In '75 (a year they should have won the championship) and '76, I'd say he had one of the most talented teams in the country. In '81 he also had some great talent, but not the best overall, and it was an amazing coaching job to take that 9 loss team to a championship. '87 was talented, but not the most talented. All of his teams had some contributors that would have been rated three stars if they rated them that way. Many became All Americans because Knight coached them to become All Americans. Bottom line is that many other teams had players in most, if not all, of Knight's years that had longer and better NBA careers, but Knight won with his players. Then you look at the Military Academy and Texas Tech years and he over achieved with his players nearly every year.When he was winning titles he had multiple all Americans on his teams. Like a Duke or North Carolina of today. He wasn’t winning with a bunch of 3 star players. I was very close to the program at that time.
His results faded with time because he couldn’t recruit like he did in the 70s and 80s. The biggest myth among young people is that Knight won with average recruits.
Edit: to change Navy to Military Academy. Brain fart because I was Navy.