Its a lot harder to recruit JUCO players right out of high school then P5 talent. He needs to be an assistant at a P5 conference first.
Bull. John Ontjes is ready now. He's a Kansan, played in the Big 8/12 and is one of the nation's best basketball coaches. He doesn't need time as an assistant. Get the best coach available. If it's not John Ontjes, so be it. But you won't find many more qualified candidates than Ontjes.