Just because I don't agree with you, doesn't mean that I "missed the point".
I don't care if you agree with me or not. It's up to you whether you want to accept the truth of the matter. The last time I will say this - Frazier helps open doors for this program that were previously shut. He doesn't guarantee any recruiting success in the future, but he allows this program to cast a wider net for recruits going forward. How you don't think that's a game-changer when we have a recruiter as good as Pat is baffling.
Eric, you talk about 40+ other schools. Here is a bit of different math...
30 NBA teams x 15 man rosters = 450 players. Add in injuries, 10 day contracts, etc. and you have close to 500 players in the NBA.
So, how many other schools are represented by those FIVE HUNDRED players? If I were to guess, I would say easily 100+ schools. (if I am wrong, I'm sure someone will quickly point it out. If I am close, I'm sure nobody will bother to verify)
So, it that the 'advantage' we are talking about? Frazier gives us the same 'advantage' that 100 other schools already have? (and keep in mind, with Timmy being an UFA, in the NBDL and temporary contracts, we are at the BOTTOM of those 100 schools.) Is that really a big difference in where we are now?
Well, the data
is readily available. By the way, you didn't account for players that are from overseas or those who didn't go to college (84). You also don't account for the majority of players that are coming from blue blood programs that Penn State cannot compete with and probably never will. UNC/KU/UK/Duke/UCLA/Arizona have a combined 100 players in the league. So that shrinks the NCAA's data set from 446 to 262, but only subtracts six programs from the 111 represented. 262/105 is 2.5 NBA players per program that has this advantage. Penn State having just one representative closes that average margin considerably. It certainly doesn't hurt that our one player has put himself in superb position to find a prominent spot in an NBA rotation next year as a backup. No league minimum contracts or D-League action next year. Looking forward to his free agency this summer.
In case anyone wondered about the B1G totals from the NCAA data (with some regional recruiting competitors added in):
Syracuse - 8
Michigan State/Michigan - 6
Georgetown/Wisconsin/Ohio State - 5
Villanova/Indiana - 4
Maryland/Pitt - 3
Illinois/Purdue/St. Joe's - 2
Iowa/Minnesota/Penn State/Temple - 1
Rutgers/Northwestern/Nebraska - 0
It doesn't seem Chambers is having much trouble talking to some of the better talent. I can't imagine that Chambers will use the same "we have an NBA player on a temp contract" calling card that 100+ other schools can use, and it gives him any type of foot in the door. It's nice to be able to do so (...kinda like having an extra $20...), but it really doesn't make a real difference in his position.
You do realize it took FIVE years to get to this point, right? And those 5 years only yielded results in the staff's backyards - the DMV and Philly. You don't think a coach with a 5-year resume of no NCAA/NIT appearances has trouble accessing players nationally for a program as historically awful as Penn State's? That's absurd.