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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Bill Carmody eyes less recruiting time

By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern basketball coach Bill Carmody would like to see the July recruiting period trimmed from its current format of two 10-day periods for the sake of the coaches and players.

The NCAA currently allows coaches to evaluate players from July 6-15 and July 22-31.

"I think probably if they cut off a couple days, make it seven or eight days, I would feel a little bit better with that," Carmody said. "The players get tired, and they don't play as well as they could play. They're playing two games a day, sometimes three, and then it's not a fair shot if you're evaluating them because they sometimes don't have any more to give.

"Plus, it's tiring on the coaches, too. You're in the gym from 8:30 in the morning to 11 at night. How valid are you evaluations at 8:30 at night on the second day because you don't leave the gym that often?"

Carmody was in favor of keeping the two periods in July. With coaches no longer being able to get out in April to evaluate, Carmody uses the two July periods differently.

"The first period is more like April used to be," Carmody said. "You're evaluating some kids. Head coaches often times don't get a chance during the year to see of these guys, sophomores. Your assistant coaches see them, but you can't get out.

"That first 10 days of the summer is really helpful to me whether to confirm what my assistants saw or say, 'No, we're not going for that guy,' and, of course, you're seeing new guys. You need that time in between I think this dead period, six days. You can kind of sort of regroup and say, 'This is our plan.'"

Northwestern's agenda for its 2012 recruiting class consists mostly of seeking big men. The Wildcats will graduate 6-9 John Shurna, 6-9 Davide Curletti and 6-11 Luke Mirkovic after the upcoming season. Northwestern will have 6-9 Nikola Cerina eligible for the 2012-2013 season after transferring from TCU.

"We're going to have to get some big guys," Carmody said. "We have a transfer coming in 2012. I think we're involved with some other pretty good big kids. I think that's where the emphasis is on that. Of course, you see somebody who is really good at any position, I mean really good, who can play right away, then you're going to go for that."

Northwestern is coming off a season where it went 20-14 and reached the NIT quarterfinals.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.