Not to make any excuses, because I do think Avery could have elevated his coaching skills at the college level, but other than Charles Barkley and maybe a few others, Alabama is not known as a basketball recruiting hotbed. Other than his son (Avery, Jr.) being shown from Houston, TX, 80% of his players are from Alabama. Avery's main ties to basketball is in Texas and Louisiana, two states with better basketball recruits. I'm sure there are a few DI programs in Texas and Louisiana who thinks Avery can recruit top level in-state DI players. Most top recruits from Texas and Louisiana by-pass Alabama in basketball. It would have seemed like Avery could have gotten a few Georgia recruits. Personally, I thought Avery would have been able to recruit Texas and Louisiana, but that doesn't seem to have been the case. Avery did outshine Johnnie Jones at LSU who is now at TxSU. They both were hired around the same time. Plus, Avery has close NBA (San Antonio and Dallas) ties in Texas.