Posts Tagged ‘recruiting’

the first time this has happened on the recruiting trail. But “should” it?

From Clay at Full Court: Ohio State and Kevin McGuff know what matters most

the formula for the success the Ohio State University wants is simple: Win with talent.

So when McGuff hired Kelsey Mitchell’s dad Mark as an assistant coach, he made it clear to all that’s he serious about earning his salary, and that he will push the boundaries to get talent to Ohio State.

Now, Mitchell’s dad is a long-time, and very successful, boys’ high school coach, and he helped out with his twin daughters’ AAU team over the past few years, but there’s no way he was the most qualified person to fill out the Buckeye staff – except for his contribution to the gene pool.

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The unavoidable question

As in the previous discussion about race, coaches did not want to think that sexual orientation is an issue in recruiting, but it is at the very least a consideration, albeit one that depends on situation and context.

When ESPN HoopGurlz asked more than 20 college head and assistant coaches or recruiting coordinators whether a prospect’s sexual orientation should be a factor in her recruitment, all were adamant that it should not be. Yet, when the discussions progressed, it turned out that sexual orientation, in some situations, could have an impact.

“It does matter,” said the head coach referenced above. “I’m being honest.”

Another said, “It’s an unavoidable question.”

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ESPN ranks the recruiting classes.

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grumbling about whether or not coaching for USA Basketball gave programs a recruiting advantage. Long time USA BBall coaches were not impressed:

Anne Donovan, who has been involved in USA Basketball since 1983, first as a player and most recently an assistant coach for the Gold medal winning team in Athens, seemed almost stunned at the possibility. “I understand and recognize why they’d be concerned but – and forgive me, but I’ve been so entrenched in USA Basketball for more than half my life – that organization is not run with that intent. You’ve got all these all-stars who want to play, all who have been starters, and now you’re the coach that doesn’t think they’re a starter? You’re going to make five friends – your five starters. And you better win a medal, because that also affects their career.

From Glenn, an article that may more accurately reflect the impact of playing for the red, white and blue: USA Basketball affecting recruiting

During a break in the action at Nike Nationals this past summer, three USA Basketball teammates were spotted hanging out in the lobby of the athletic complex in North Augusta, S.C.

“Scheming?” they were asked.

“That’s what everyone says,” one of the trio, Elizabeth Williams, replied.

And the scheme most envision is a group of elite-level prospects committing to the same program. That, however, has become part of a truism in recruiting, at least in the women’s game: The more high-school girls’ basketball players talk about going to the same school, the less chance of it happening. Inevitably they do what’s in their best interest, split up, but stay friendly competitors.

Maybe this is the year that finally changes.

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from Mark Lewis at HoopGurlz: Overrated recruiting factors

As recruiting for the 2011 class hits the homestretch and the initial signing date of Nov. 10 creeps closer and closer, some prospects still have not decided their academic and basketball futures. Sure, a large number of commitments have been made and those athletes and their families are glad to have the process behind them. At the same time there are quite a few who have narrowed their lists but still can’t pull the trigger on an offer that will be the one they hope won’t leave them second guessing as they sign their National Letter of Intent.

Generally I’ve always tried to offer suggestions that were reminders of things that might be important to keep in mind in recruiting. This time around I thought I would take the opposite approach and share a few thoughts on some considerations that just may not be quite as important as they might seem on the surface. These things certainly matter if they’re important to you, but in the bigger scheme of things aren’t the kinds of factors you’d emphasize as you choose or eliminate a program.

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from HoopGurlz: Look back to look forward

Through the years, the recruiting landscape has shifted dramatically.

The evolution of recruiting legislation generally has been an effort to address the needs of the student athletes or a response to the growth and changes in the recruiting process itself. What has also happened is an often shortsighted and kneejerk reaction to issues without understanding the residual effects and long-term impact of that action.

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from HoopGurlz: Best Of Summer: Skills Edition

In addition to the bags under our eyes, what the travels confer upon us is a great sense of where the game of girls’ basketball sits today. It’s not much of a revelation to point out that players now are taller, faster and more athletic than ever before. Just watch the officials huff and puff to keep up with them. What we’re also seeing is an extraordinary climb in the game’s discernible, baseline skills. And, in keeping with ESPN HoopGurlz tradition, we present our annual systems check in the form of Best of Summer, version 2010. These, of course, is are not all-inclusive lists (though all alphabetized) but, as far and wide as we traveled this summer, we came as close as we ever have.

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and Sue’s there:

More on FILA Nationals, including photos
FILA Nationals pictures are here, for your viewing pleasure.

It was an amazing scene, as I alluded to previously: two huge facilities with a total of 12 courts. There were positive and negatives, so I’ll touch on the positives first.

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on the men’s side.

From ESPN’s Dana O’Neil: What’s wrong with college basketball? In a survey of 20 high-profile coaches, the shadiness of the recruiting trail is exposed

The image of college basketball has taken a beating in recent years, with rumors, murmurs and innuendo about cheating spreading like wildfire. Cynics believe no one is trying to follow the NCAA rulebook and that the game has fallen victim to the begging hands of agents, runners and hangers-on looking to collect on the next NBA star.

Is it that bad? What are the real problems? And is the NCAA doing enough to fix those problems?

To get the answers, ESPN.com went to the sources. During the EYBL Peach Jam last week, we interviewed 20 high-profile head coaches, representing each of the six power conferences. With the promise of full anonymity, we asked them to tell the truth about their sport.

And they did.

What are the concerns on the women’s side? CIVIL WARS: Keeping the Recruiting Battles Clean –

But asking coaches about the severity of recruiting violations or the prevalence of negative recruiting in women’s basketball can be a bit like trying to pin down a ghost: there are feelings, but not a lot of concrete evidence.

“A lot of things that we hear are either told to us by a scholastic or summer league coach,” explained Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton. “It’s basically hearsay, so it’s difficult to prove.”

“It’s a shame, but I think there are a lot of violations,” admitted Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. “A lot of people are concerned about the ethics in women’s basketball, but it seems like more and more people are cheating. I think the common perception is that they’re cheating because you can get away with it. And they’re getting away with it because nobody’s turning them in.”

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“Daughter of NBA player,” or “Daughter of NFL player” (not that that’s a bad thing) but it’s nice to read:

For Stafford, the daughter of former WNBA player Pam McGee, the arrival was a long time coming.

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Lindsay Schnell writes: Teams honor Jackson with great play

On April 12, DFW and all of high school girls basketball lost a giant in the game when Jackson, the founder of DFW, died suddenly of a heart attack at age 46. Heartbroken, his top teams pulled out of the Boo Williams Invitational in Virginia to mourn the loss of the man everyone called “Coach Mud.”

Three months later, riding on emotion and memories of Jackson’s famous pregame talks, DFW TJack went back and forth for 32 minutes with Midwest Elite in the final of the Nike Summer Showcase, clawing to a 61-53 win. It was a gritty, gutsy win for TJack, which advanced to the championship after a double overtime win over their sister program, DFW Elite Washington. In true dominant DFW fashion, they also had DFW Gold, a 2012-heavy bunch, playing in the other semifinal.

From Glenn Nelson at HoopGurlz

If Samantha Logic had her own team, its logo would be a bruise.

It would be deep, too, like some of her shots. The ones she takes. And the ones she delivers.

“They’ll know it later that they played against Samantha,” her Midwest Elite coach, Ralph Gesualdo, said of the bruising point guard from Racine, Wis.

They know it already, even before the onset of the contusions.

Anyone else have a flashback to the Miami Sol fan’s “Black and Blue” stat keeper of Debbie Black?

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Elite girls basketball players showcased in “End of the Trail” tourney

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…this news from Indian Country Today:

The 8th Annual Native American Basketball Invitational, the largest NCAA-certified Native American basketball tournament, will be honoring the Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team with the NABI Achievement Award during the NABI Girls Championship half-time at the U.S. Airways Center July 10.

The NABI Achievement Award will be presented to Haskell for demonstrating tremendous athletic achievement. The 2009 – 2010 women’s team qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II National Basketball Championships. This was the team’s first appearance there. Of the 14 players on the team, Haskell originally recruited nine through the NABI tournament.

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The 2010 Native American Basketball Invitational is on tap July 6-10. Drop in if you’re in Phoenix.

The tourney is of particular interest in light of this q/a from Mechelle’s chat:

Dale (South Dakota)

Mechelle, do you think the trends of Native Americans playing women’s basketball will ever catch on? It seems like the few who have gone on, had success. Jenni Lingor, Nadia Begay, Jaci McCormack, Jenna Plumley, Tahnee Robinson, Angel Goodrich, Mystee Dale, are a few names that come to mind. With the exception of Goodrich, none of the above mentioned were nationally ranked players. With Shoni Schimmel at Louisville, I think more Division I coaches will give more than a glancing look at reservation schools. What do you think?

Mechelle Voepel (2:41 PM)

Honestly, if coaches know there is talent out there, they will usually find it. They miss sometimes, for sure, but I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t think coaches are intentionally avoiding players from any certain areas … there would just be no logic at all to that. A bigger factor may be that when Native American players are successful, they inspires others to work to be at their level. And that is something I do see happening.

The blog’s had some posts on the long and interesting history between Native Americans and basketball.

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