As an Arizona fan since age six, I was absolutely ecstatic on Sunday when the Wildcats made the tournament. I felt very nauseous before the selection show as I thought the streak was finally over, but my nausea quickly turned to energy as I bounced around the room, then back to nausea when I jumped around a little too much.
Unfortunately, I really doubt that I will get a chance to do the same next year. After the season ends for the Wildcats, which let's be honest, will not be too deep in the tournament, we can expect at least two of the big three players to enter the 2009 NBA Draft. There's a good chance that Nic Wise will return for his senior season, but there is no way Jordan Hill will pass up on a chance to be a top five pick.
The Wildcats don't have the flux of young talent incoming like they have in past seasons and it will probably lead to the fall of the giant streak.
Their 2008 class of recruits was highlighted by the No. 1 point guard in the nation, Brandon Jennings, and the No. 8 center in the nation, Jeff Withey. Jerryd Bayless leaving for the NBA and the coaching debacle of the offseason caused both these recruits to run for their lives.
Brandon Jennings left the country and became the first American basketball player to go pro in Europe straight out of high school since the NBA implemented its age restriction rules and he now plays in Italy for the Lottomatica Roma.
Jeff Withey requested a transfer from Arizona, but his request was denied which means he had to stay in school at the University for one year. After this year he plans on transferring to Kansas University where he must sit out a year of eligibility before he can play for them.
After those two left, the class of 2008 consisted of three star recruits Kyle Fogg and Brendon Lavender.
The class of 2009 doesn't look to be any better as they currently have no commits and they are in a tug of war with ASU, Bradley, Cincinnati, Dayton, Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for the 21st ranked shooting guard in the nation. That's the best shot we got right now.
I hope I am wrong and they manage to win it all with miraculous seasons from everyone, but right now, I can't help but think that we'll be going through a few bad seasons before the glory days return.