If there can be one reason to attribute the lack of success on the recruiting front, this has to be it.I think this is pretty obvious, but if one is to attribute a period of lack of recruiting, IMO it's mainly due obvious issues surrounding Becker/program.
Fair to say there was an extended period of time with great uncertainty whether or not Becker was going to remain as HC.
Maybe NIL has changed the math these days, but ask any college bb recruit and the #1 reason they commit to any school is because of the HC.
On a much smaller scale, everyone getting free covid years of eligibility and the ability to transfer with immediate eligibility, kind of changes the roster building game. How quickly your program adapts and how lucky your program gets in the portal can have an impact.
With that being said, from a UVM standpoint, it is what it is. Most people will agree that the current roster construction is less than ideal. While it would be nice to see UVM continue its success, it's not unreasonable to suggest that there will be years when UVM doesn't hit its goals. As UVM fans, we're pretty spoiled to expect to be head and shoulders better than the rest of the league every year. Winning is fun, but I also find it interesting to see if Becker can coach up a roster that is less talented than many of his prior teams.