John Wooden has never acknowledged that he had the best players that money could buy during his 15 year run. Sure he was a fine coach. But without the backroom deals and money exchanges, those future NBA ballers would have been showcasing their talent elsewhere.
Wooden was a case of right time, right place and a damn fine Booster program that paid his players under the table. From Kareem to Walton, they all were well cared for by the Contruction Magnate who was the true father of the UCLA legacy.
…and the NCAA never did a thing about it. Except ignore it.