Texas basketball is in this weird zone that is not good, and this (though we had success with Barnes) traces back to his regime.
There are two broad paths I see to being greatly successful in college basketball: the Gonzaga path, where you keep and develop your players for four years (see Texas Tech and their senior-laden roster). Or, the Kentucky path which is turning your team over every year and simply reloading with McDonald All American caliber talent.
Texas seems to be somewhere in the middle. We aren’t recruiting KU or North Carolina like talent every year; but we have tremendous turnover. I used to play the “what if” game in the Rick Barnes era.... “what if” ________ (Aldridge, Tucker, Gibson, Turner) fill in the blank..... would have just come back one more year.... we could ha e been a contender.
Im not sure I have the answer.... but I see a problem. Kentucky turnover without Kentucky talent.