Tag:July Recruiting Period
Posted on: October 21, 2010 8:31 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 2:19 pm

Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

The Conference Commissioners Association voted at a meeting last month to recommend to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors that the July recruiting period should be eliminated beginning in 2012, CBSSports.com has confirmed. What this means is that the Board of Directors could formally accept the recommendation later this month and effectively end summer recruiting, which would (in my opinion) be a massive mistake.

ESPN.com first reported the development.

Yes, it's true that there are many issues with summer recruiting. But -- as I detailed in a column last June -- eliminating the summer evaluation period would hardly eliminate the issues the NCAA would like to curb. It wouldn't eliminate summer basketball, and it sure wouldn't eliminate the influence of summer basketball coaches, agents or shoe companies. Again, I detailed all of this in a column last June, with the main point being that only folks with no real understanding of this sport -- plus John Calipari -- believe the total elimination of the July recruiting period is a move in the right direction.

Why does Calipari favor it, you ask?

Because he's one of the biggest names in college basketball at one of the sport's most powerful institutions, and at this point Calipari doesn't evaluate and recruit as much as select from an elite crop of well-known prospects. Same goes for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and Roy Williams at North Carolina. So for those guys, this is great because they work from an advantageous position. But it's terrible for almost everybody else, which is why college coaches are mostly against eliminating summer recruiting, and why the Board of Directors would be wise to listen to them before implementing such drastic legislation.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 27, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 3:29 pm

I'm home (and more on the two-cell-phone coach)

HOME -- I'm pleased to report that I made it back to Memphis International around 1:45 this morning, which means roughly 39 hours passed from the time I initially left my hotel in Las Vegas for the airport Sunday until the time I actually pulled into my driveway early Tuesday.


In the meantime, I've received a lot of emails about my Tweet concerning a coach watching prospects in Las Vegas while holding two cell phones and talking to a known runner. Some of you have asked why it matters if he was holding two cell phones. The answer to that question is that many coaches -- if not most -- secretly have a second cell phone because they think it helps get around NCAA rules about text messages and limits on phone calls to recruits. So that's that. What even more of you have asked is for me to name the coach. But, as I Tweeted late Saturday, I didn't see the coach do this with my own eyes, so I don't feel comfortable identifying him by name because he'd just deny it, and then I'd be stuck in a dispute about something I didn't actually see.

Still, I'll say this: None of your guesses have been correct.

I've received Tweets and emails from readers asking whether it was Billy Donovan, Bruce Pearl, John Calipari or Tony Barbee, and I can honestly tell you none of those are correct because, well, it wasn't an SEC coach. Likewise, it wasn't Ben Howland, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self or Tom Crean, and it wasn't Scott Drew, Josh Pastner, Steve Alford, Mark Few or Jay Wright, either.

(I think that covers all the guesses I've received.)

Anyway, like I said, I'll never name the coach because I didn't personally see it, and that wasn't the point of the Tweet to begin with. I just thought it was a funny scene. Nothing more, nothing less. And, honestly, it's not even all that rare of a scene when bouncing around the summer circuit, which I'm no longer doing this month, thank god.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 24, 2010 3:50 am

Source: Huggins hospitalized after fall

LAS VEGAS -- West Virginia coach Bob Huggins suffered four broken ribs and was hospitalized Friday after falling into a coffee table inside his Las Vegas hotel room, a source told CBSSports.com.

The source said Huggins -- who suffered a massive heart attack in 2002 -- was held overnight for observation, but stressed that the incident wasn't heart-related. According to the source, Huggins is expected to be released Saturday, at which point he will return home to West Virginia.

Huggins is in Las Vegas for recruiting purposes.
Posted on: July 24, 2010 3:46 am
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Posted on: July 23, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:21 pm

Five for Friday column

LAS VEGAS -- Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.

It has references to Jon Leuer, Quincy Miller, Adonis Thomas, etc.
Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 1:17 pm

Note to Duke haters: Smith is likable Blue Devil

LAS VEGAS -- I spent a good bit of time in the presence of Nolan Smith throughout last season's NCAA tournament, then again earlier this month at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and I must tell you that the Duke guard is becoming one of my favorite players to be around. He's smart, funny, engaging, and I was reminded of this again last night when I bumped into Smith at the Wynn Hotel.

That's where Smith and all members of the USA Basketball Men's Select Team are staying this week in between training sessions. Predictably, a few players -- Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, Butler's Shelvin Mack, Duke's Kyle Singler and Smith, etc., -- were hanging around on the Wynn's main floor and taking in the scene last night like any self-respecting college student would. It provided an opportunity to spend 20 minutes catching up with Smith, who was appreciative of his frontrunner status for this season's CBSSports.com All-America team.

But that's not the point.

The point is that he's just easy.

There's some substance to Smith and the likability factor runs high.

So you can hate Duke if you want, but you'd be silly to hate Nolan Smith.

Just wanted to say that as I head out to watch the men's national team, the men's select team, and some of the nation's best high school prospects (via the adidas Super 64 and Fab 48 summer tournaments). But before I go, one more thing: When I spoke with Smith earlier this month, he had yet to play with incoming freshman point guard Kyrie Irving. Since then, though, Smith said the two have spent many days on the court together.

Early impression?

"He's really good," Smith said with a smile. "I'm excited."

(Note: The best way to keep up with me today will be on Twitter. Click this link to follow.)
Posted on: July 21, 2010 9:38 pm

Good first day in Vegas (no gambling so far)

LAS VEGAS -- I've been here seven hours without gambling, which I'm pretty sure is a personal record. But I've been busy with other things today, specifically a pair of speaking engagements that really were nice. First I spoke at the Rising Coaches Elite conference -- an event organized by and designed for guys trying to break into college coaching, mostly graduate assistants and video coordinators. After that I spoke at the Villa 6 convention -- an event mostly for Division I assistants looking to network and better understand what it takes to get from one place to the next.

Both events were tremendous.

Steve Lavin (St. John's), Brad Brownell (Clemson), Shaka Smart (VCU), Josh Pastner (Memphis), Mo Cassara (Hofstra), and Jim Christian (TCU) were among the head coaches who stopped by one place or the other to also speak. It all served as a reminder that there are some good coaches willing to carve time out of their days to give back and speak to those trying to travel the same path they've already traveled, and some hungry young guys willing to push aside the glitz and glamour of Vegas to sit in a conference room, ask questions and take notes.

All in all, a good day.

And with that, I'm out for the night.

Wish me luck.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 21, 2010 7:33 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 7:37 am

Heading to Vegas

I'm flying to Las Vegas this morning for two major summer tournaments.

One is the Adidas Super 64.

The other is the Fab 48.

By my count, that's 112 different 17-and-under teams I'll have an opportunity to see. The majority of the nation's elite prospects will be on hand, which is why almost every college coach and assistant will be on hand, too. Beyond that, the USA Men's National Team is holding a training camp in Las Vegas this week, and the USA Basketball Men's Select Team comprised of college stars is also out there.

So this is a big week of basketball in Las Vegas.

I'll be on location this afternoon.

My Twitter account will be the best place to keep up.
Category: NCAAB
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