The busy July in basketball recruiting isn’t just about the players -- it’s about the college coaches, too. Specifically, with three open evaluation periods (July 10-14, July 17-21 and July 24-28) and more than a dozen major events throughout the country, it’s about where those coaches are and which prospects they are watching.
Since the whereabouts of a coach in July can be a major indicator of his recruiting priorities, here’s a look at five head coaches -- plus a bonus recruiting rivalry -- whose travel plans the college basketball world will be glued to this month.
1. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
Coach K isn’t retiring from Team USA after all, so that means he’ll again have limited time to cover the recruiting period. The difference this year, however, is that the 2014 class is one of the most important for Duke in recent memory, as the Blue Devils could possibly be looking at as many as six scholarships to fill after the coming season (depending on the potential for Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon to leave early for the NBA draft). That makes the days Coach K does have to recruit especially valuable, which means we’ll be able to tell quite a bit about Duke’s priorities based on the prospects he’s following. ESPN 100 sharpshooter Grayson Allen is already on board and the Blue Devils would like to sign three prospects in November’s early signing period, but they’ll need a strong showing from the big boss to make that happen.