My position on Barkley is because I’ve watched him play. He is surrounded by the best the west coast has to offer, and he still doesn’t fire me up. I’m not saying he’s not good. Actually I think he’s pretty good. But only because of the love affair the media has for USC, and the media needs USC to be good so they heavily promote it and Barkley.
I’m just a guy with an opinion. He could certainly prove me wrong. I doubt he does as I see USC incredibly overrated on a national scale. In the SEC they would be 4th best at best. And, in the Big 12 they be 3rd or 4th best. Talented? Yes, depth? not so much, coaching is problematic. But they play in a weak league.
As you said, everyone has their own opinion. I respectfully and vehemently disagree.