Shaka Smart is one of the brightest young minds in college basketball. And I'm not just saying that because of what he did yesterday.
This must have come as a dismaying shock to Illinois, which was targeting Smart from the moment it gave Bruce Weber the heave-ho on March 9. And it might, on the surface, seem like a bad career move for Smart.
But think about it: If Smart can win enough at VCU to attract the attention of schools like Illinois, and if he clearly loves it there, why leave? Especially to go to a school whose values were so obviously exposed when it jettisoned Weber -- a decent man who did things so much the right way it ended up costing him his job because, you know, he didn't enough games.
Good for Shaka Smart.