Josh Pastner has guided Georgia Tech (20-15) to the NIT Final Four. The Yellow Jackets will face CSU Bakersfield (25-9) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the final to face the winner of TCU (22-15) versus UCF (24-11) on Thursday.
On Monday, though, Pastner shared his candid thoughts on the one-and-done rule in college basketball. John Calipari rode multiple one-and-done-caliber players to the Elite Eight but lost to North Carolina by a bucket on Sunday.
Some people say the one-and-done rule is great for college basketball; others say it isn’t.
Pastner, the 2017 ACC Coach of the Year, has no problem with it.
“Well, obviously I would love to get those types of players, ones-and-done, it would be great,” Pastner said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “But there’s only so (many) one-and-dones, and it’s very hard to get them. I think the No. 1 thing in recruiting is knowing when to get out. Me chasing a kid from Los Angeles that has Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas all on him like crazy, right now at Georgia Tech, the position of our program, we’re wasting our time. So we don’t need to go do that.
“What we need to do is go find the kid who’s maybe (in the) 65 to 70 range (in the rankings) or maybe just in the top 100 range who’s going to be there for four years,” Pastner continued. “And then through that time period when he’s a junior and you’re playing that 5-star freshman, (maybe) the 4-star kid that’s a junior will hopefully be better than the 5-star freshman. That’s what we’ve got to build our program on right now until we can increase our talent level.”
Georgia Tech finished with a losing record six times in eight seasons from 2007-08 to 2014-15 but is certainly on the upswing. The Yellow Jackets have won 20+ games in each of the last two seasons.
Pastner would have no problem adding a one-and-done player to the mix.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the ones-and-dones,” he said. “It’s a great thing. That’s what’s miraculous (about) what Coach Calipari has done. It’s year-in and year-out. It’s reloading. They’re extremely talented. He’s the very, very best in the business. Nobody’s done it better than he has. That’s why he’s in the Hall of Fame and he hasn’t even hit 60 years of age yet. But it’s not easy either because every year you’ve got to build a brand-new team and you’re depending on those kids at that age to produce for you – and if it’s an off-night, you’re going to lose a game.”