Think about DP. He can't win recruiting battles. So how does he win games? He has to find the recruits that are overlooked. He has to have a really keen eye when scouting. And then his coaching has to make up for any disparity in talent.What I'm trying to say is that we don't appear to recruit our area very well AND there is no hiding talent in the DMV AND we have no history of success to help us win recruiting battles. The talent is here but this area is poached by every program worth their salt. My theory is that our area is more picked over than some other places. GW is also much better in Women's basketball, so there is more local A-10 competition there.
Secondly, the standard deviation of talent (if it was quantifiable) seems to be much larger than in men's basketball. That is to say, the average women's basketball player (and program) is much further away from the great women's basketball player (and program) than the average men's basketball player is from the great men's basketball player. This leads to a lack of parity, which keeps us stuck near the bottom.
That doesn't really exist in women's basketball from what I can tell. The talent stands out right away to everyone, so recruits don't really get overlooked. And then the talent disparity between programs can be so much bigger that it is impossible to overcome with good coaching.
I don't know, maybe I have too negative a view with women's basketball? But this is the way I see it.