Experts help solve recruiting puzzle

The recruiting maze can be difficult to navigate. A wrong turn here, some bad information there, and you could be lost. Or worse -- you could find yourself at an ill-fitting school, unhappy, and looking to transfer.

With the NCAA-certified spring evaluation period just weeks away, we are resuming our tradition of offering recruiting- and performance-related analysis and advice from those who have participated in the process -- but now more than ever from the player's perspective.

The rotation of three columnists starts with Lindsey Wilson, who offers the still fairly rare perspective of having gone far from home to play college basketball somewhere other than Connecticut, Stanford or Tennessee, the usual long-distance destinations. A native of Seattle, Wilson went to Iowa State, where she was an all-conference selection for three years and graduated as the Cyclones' all-time assist leader and second all-time leading scorer. She played professionally in the U.S., Europe and Middle East for eight years, then founded Positive Performance Consulting, where she focuses on the mental side of the game and unlocking individual and team potential.

A part of ESPN HoopGurlz during her entire collegiate career, Rebecca Gray similarly ventured away from home, from Georgetown, Ky., to the University of North Carolina and went through the recruiting process as a nationally ranked prospect. Gray has transferred -- first to Kentucky, then to Union College, where she finished her basketball career -- as well as suffered and recovered from major injuries. A former Miss Basketball in Kentucky, she wrote a column for HoopGurlz during her freshman season and has spent the past three years writing, evaluating, interning, and shepherding the section's POWERADE FAB 50 rankings effort.

As a journalist, coach and father of two daughters, Glenn Nelson has a long history with basketball, women's sports and recruiting. Before founding HoopGurlz.com, he coached girls' club basketball for 10 years and had one of his former players taken in the WNBA Draft. He previously helped launch the industry of national recruiting coverage and evaluation as one of the first editors at Rivals.com, then as a founder and editor-in-chief at Scout.com. A graduate of Seattle University and Columbia, Nelson also covered the NBA as a columnist and sportswriter for 17 years, during which he won numerous national awards and authored a basketball book for kids.