Ever wonder what it’s like to be an elite high school basketball player?
To be the object of affection for the country’s top-tier college programs? To be bombarded after games by autograph seekers and grant interviews several times a week to recruiting analysts who are dying to know what school you’re leaning toward?
What is that world really like?
ESPNHS has summoned the help of a highly rated recruit and granted him anonymity in order to bring you a raw and real account of just what goes on in their lives that don’t make the press clippings.
As told to Jason Jordan.
I’m Recruit X and I’m here to tell you the truth about what goes on in the life of a heavily recruited high school basketball player. I promise to keep it 100 percent real; hopefully you’re ready to hear what’s actually going on out here.
I’m being actively recruited by most of the top 25 programs, and one of the most popular questions I’m always getting is when I’m going to visit certain schools. That’s why I decided to start this series with what actually goes on when we go on these visits.
Recently, I took a visit to a top 25 school that has offered me and I had the time of my life.
I’m a young guy so I liked the social part of the visit the most, of course. I was on the visit with two other players this school was recruiting.
After we met with the coaches and all of that, the assistants had us go out with the players and hang out for the night. They ended up taking us to a club.
Of course we’re underage, but it didn’t matter. The players had the hookup and we got in no problem. We weren’t carded at all.
Obviously we’re at a party so there was definitely some drinking and yeah one of the recruits had a few drinks, but I didn’t. That’s just not my thing, but I can’t lie -- I was thinking the whole time about how many NCAA rules we must’ve been breaking. I didn’t think it was too serious, though -- I’m just a young guy having fun.
When we got back to the dorms, the players had girls set up for us. If you’ve ever seen the movie "He Got Game" then you’ll understand better, but there were three of us and there were three girls there for us. We’d never met these girls before, but they were there for us.
I won’t go into all the details, but let’s just say we had a great time with them and they were saying the whole time that we should come to the school and it could be like this all the time.
I was loving it, personally. I’m not gonna front.
What guy my age and in my position wouldn’t love that?
The next morning we met with the coaches and that was it. It was one of the best visits I went on, but it’s pretty typical of most visits.
I’m cool with most of the top players and we all have stories like this. It’s nothing new. It’s just not something you’re gonna read about in articles.
I’m not 100 percent sure the coaches knew every detail, but I know that they wanted the players to show us a good time.
That’s all I’ve got for now, everyone.
Make sure you continue to check back soon for my next entry because everything I say is 100 percent real.