Hello everyone, thanks for all the questions. I am just about to get Dave on the phone.
Thanks for having me. As you can see, we've been busy at ESPN. We redesigned our database and then while we were at it, rolled out our 2012 Class Rankings (Shaq Cleare and Kris Dunn had us scrambling). Let's get to the questions.
now with Kris Dunn on board, what do you think are the chances of Providence landing another big recruit like Ledo, Noel, or obekpa
Anthony, you getting greedy already? OK, here's the deal. There's the hint of buzz surrounding Ricardo Ledo. I don't know if he was on campus today or not but if there's another guy close to pulling it for Providence, he would be the guy. At this point, I'm not even sure who would be the real competition to the Friars.
Kyle Anderson sweepstakes, too close to call or do you think 1-2 teams are standing to separate from the pack?
Kyle Anderson. Wow, there are some theories working on that one. There's the "family in Florida" theory. There's the close to home theory with SJU and SHU. There's the "fits best with Georgetown" theory and then there's the "he'll go with Shabazz to UCLA" theory. Me, I can't call it. Kyle's been private about the whole deal. He'll announce on Sept. 20 I believe and it reminds me of Julius Hodge recruitment; could go a number of ways.
dave, what's your opinon of villanova's 2012 recruiting class? what's there chances with amile jefferson?
Chuck, don't like, love Villanova's class. Lots of grinders, dirty work recruits. Ryan Arcidiacono can play for me anyday because he's a leader. Goodman, that guy has an internal desire to win and compete; love his attitude. Ochefu is getting healthy and could be in for big year. Amile Jefferson completes the class. I still think that with that group they need a sniper, some one who would be able to stretch defenses because Goodman and Amile are non-perimeter shooters behind the arc.
How do you think the NBA lockout will impact recruiting?
So far, the NBA lockout has had zero impact on recruiting. For starters, no end is in sight. The key issue concerning college basketball is letting high schoolers go to the NBA or setting a number of years they must stay in school. At this point, everyone's just guessing.
Dave, from everything I'm reading it seems like Arizona has made up a ton of ground on KU in the Tarczewski recruitment, and it is now in fact a 2 horse race for him between those 2 schools. It also seems as though they lead for Brandon Ashley. If they are able to land both of those players would they have your top recruiting class for 2012? Also, would they be the favorite to win the NC in 2012-2013? Thanks.
Dave (BTW, does your mom still call you David like mine?) IMO, Arizona is in better shape with Brandon Ashley than Kaleb Tarczewski. If I were using your money to bet, I'd hedge mine toward Kansas still with Kaleb until hearing otherwise. Measure the distance between New Hampshire where he lives and Tucson where Sean Miller lives. That could be a factor. We'll see.
Hi Dave, what do you think the Heels chances are for getting Mitch McGary, Kaleb Tarczewski, Marcus Smart, and/or DeJaun Coleman?
Bill, I bet you're waiting for UNC to get some big guy aren't you? Brice Johnson, McGary, Tarczewski? Bet one of those would do for you. Coleman isn't happening. Smart is stubburn enough and tough enough that if they get him and Roy Williams told him to go guard a center he wouldn't blink. Seriously, they've got a lot of offers out and the competition is strong. Few bigs have really tipped their hands. I think McGary visits Duke/UNC realizes he's either or and one of the two slides down the list.
If UCLA gets Shabazz and "Shaq" Goodwin to pair with Artis and Adams do they move in the #1 spot in your class rankings? Also, who else ends up a Bruin. Thanks, Love your stuff!
D-Will, the "if" game is dangerous but I'll oblige. Given the current list of commitments, IF UCLA got Shabazz Muhammad and Shaq Goodwin and IF Goodwin didn't sign a FB letter of intent, UCLA would move into No. 1.
UW could have an epic class with Aaron Gordon, and the Jabari's (Bird and Parker)... a guy can only dream, but what are the chances we haul in each player?
Bleed Purple: The Huskies are on Jabari Parker's list to stay. His pops and Lorenzo Romar are tight and his brother, I believe is on the West Coast. They're a player. Kansas, Duke, Illinois and just about every national championship program is crafting ways to get in and stay in with him. Gordon seems like an ideal fit for UW, but the traffic will be thick. Bird, I don't know where he stands. Any combo of two of the three and you'll be more than happy to renew your season tickets.
Watched Jake Layman alot this summer. Very impressed with his athleticism, he allowed BABC to do a lot of things defensively. What's his upside?
Jake Layman's physical attributes are one thing and his production/measurables are another. Physically, he's long, skilled and playing his best right now. His stats from a 15-game EYBL run were amazingly efficient. If he's a late bloomer like I think he may be, then he's Chandler Parsons on steroids (at both ends of the court). I'd be feeling real good about that eval if he goes out and dominates the competition in his league as he should. It's really gotta happen just so he sends the message that he's taken the next step.
Thoughts on Terry Henderson of Neuse Baptist? WVU, UMD, UGA, GMU, and UR are recruiting him. His profile says he's a mid major shooter, but high majors now are on him. Is he a reach at the UMD-WVU level or would he be a very good pickup even for the big schools?
Tom, Terry Henderson is a good story. He wasn't tempted to leave his HS and pursue playing with other good players. He plays against weak competition but dominates as he should, takes care of his classwork and exemplifies the kind of character you want your kids around. He likes Maryland and West Virginia. I think he's fiercely loyal to Richmond and to a lesser degree George Mason. He wants to be an engineer and I think he combines academics and ball to make his decision.
Dave, can you tell us how most (prominent) schools structure/organize their recruiting - do the coach and assistants split it up geographically or is it determined by the magnitude?
Zach, love this question. Believe it or not, many staffs are different. Some are way more organized than others; some staffs commit secondary violations because there's no communication in the office regarding simple phone calls. Most of the time, there will be someone assigned to the local guys, the in-state kids. Then the staff will break up by regions or areas where each is strong. Some staffs have little to no organzition and wind up tripping over each other. There's also a growing trend of team recruiting where the assistants pass off recruits amongst each other and offer a system of checks and balances.
Rysheed Jordan seemed to blow up a bit towards the end of the summer. Does he have a chance to move up further in the rankings, and who do you like in his recruitment?
Chris, I had a great first impression of Rysheed Jordan. I assume I'll see him again the first week of October at the Eddie Griffin Challenge. He has all the physical tools, speed and size to move way up. I need to see how he commands a team and what he does shooting the ball consistently. Obviously, we like him a great deal.
Who would you say are the leaders for Nate Britt right now?
Chris, Nate Britt's dream school, and I know this from information from last year is/was North Carolina. The last three DC Assault PGs went to Duke. Maryland has the big DC Assault connection now. As you can see, this thing is complicated.
Where do you think Gary Harris ends up?
Henry, the last pulse reading I got was Purdue and Michigan State were in there pretty good but that's probably 10 day old information and in this business 10 days is a long time. He would make Indiana's class and Louisville and Notre Dame are repping the Big East hard. You asked, and the last semi-solid info I got said Spartans and Boilers.
Any rumblings from the recruiting trail as to when KY will get their first commitment?
Daniel, in order to predict UK's first commitment,you've got to know when the elite guys are deciding and so far we don't know many timetables. My best guess, and it's only a guess, would be Devonta Pollard and that's only because I think others are going to play it out longer.
I'm getting pretty nervous that Louisville is not going to get an elite recruiting class in 2012. What are your thoughts on Louisville's chances to get 2 of the following: Rodney Purvis, Gary Harris, Andrew White, or Jay Laymen?
Louisville needs a point guard target in the worst way right now. They are on D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera but he's a combo and that's why missing Kris Dunn was a tough blow. Andrew White has a HUGE list that he'll trim at the end of the month. Purvis may also come out with an expanded list at the end of month so that's a concern. Harris, they're in there and working it hard. Predicting which they get isn't easy. Sorry to let you down. On a brighter note, Zach Price and Chane Behanan are going to excel this year.
What're the chances Texas lands both Jerami Grant and Marcus Smart? That would be a huge class with Ridley and Felix already in the fold.
Corey, that's a possibility. The Horns will get Jerami Grant on campus. Syracuse is in there but others are too. Grant is a possiblity. Smart could be Texas and UNC when the smoke clears.
Any theories as to why there are so many bigs in the 2012 class?
Freddy, I think some mommas got together and decided to time the release of larger infants in order to populate college basketball with a number of true centers. It's just a theory.
Of the players considering Syracuse, which do you think will end up a member of the Orange?
Bob, I'm going Dajuan Coleman as the Cuse's best shot with one of those elite guys. The kid's been to campus so much is he really going anywhere else? I know Kentucky has been working it but it's not like Syracuse is going to let him out of the area without a real fight. BTW, the Cuse could end with Tyler Cavanaugh as a four-year guy too.
Fast forward to high school basketball season, who is the number one team in the country?
David. Here's my take on the No. 1 team in the country. You know the usual suspects like Oak Hill, Findlay maybe even a Montrose, Simeon ... Flower Mound Marcus? Anyway, it doesn't matter. The No. 1 team in the country will be the team that gets along the best. Egos sink ships behind the scenes and I think its getting harder and harder for powerhouse high school coaches to take these guys and in one year ask them to set aside their ego, buy into the team concept and win all their games. In short, the collection of stud players who get along off the court will be the best.
How does Marcus Paige compare to top PG prospects of past years? Even though he is ranked as the "top" PG, I know this year is weak for PGs, so is he anywhere near the class of guys like Ty Lawson, Brandon Knight, John Wall, Kyrie Irving etc? Or could he even have a Kendall Marshall or Kemba Walker (his freshman/sophomore year) type impact?
Soham, Marcus Paige is in my opinion the best pure point guard prospect in this class heading into his senior year. In any year, he'd be a good one. In recent years, we've had some of the best PGs in the NBA in the Top 5 of our rankings and that's not the case this year. In collegiate terms, I think Paige could have a similar overall impact as say a DJ Augustin or Jordan Taylor over time. I think those are reasonable expectations for the time being. Paige has special traits, a sense for the moment and is no non-sense.
What's the latest and greatest on Anthony Bennett? And is it just me or is Canada basketball getting really good?
Our border buddies from the north have been exporting talent consistently seemingly for the better part of a decade but they're really cranking out hoops players the past few years. We've got a Canadian in the Top 10 in 2012, Top 60 in 2013 and No. 1 in 2014. That's impressive. Two just went in the first round this year. Any truth to the rumor they are turning hockey rinks into basketball arenas in Toronto? Maybe Chris Bosh left too soon?
How about the job Coach Fran has done with the Hawkeyes this year. If they land both Maicon and Woodbury does that put them as a top 15 recruiting class?
245 Joe, landing Woodbury could go a long way toward cementing them in the Top 15. Slots 12-25 are going to change a lot because there's a lot of players left on the board. Iowa should be happy but they need at least one more big timer. In the end, McCaffrey watched every one of Mike Gesell's games in July. That means he was present at every one of Woodbury's as well. Stay tuned.
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