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It's correct that Antigua did not recruit any top 30 guys, and that we have had plenty of ACs that have in fact gotten top 30 guys. However, Antigua seemed to have a lot of connections to guys that were undervalued by the recruiting "experts."

Oh and Jimmy Collins brought many top 30 guys to IL.
I'm not doubting you, but would it have hurt if Collins had left before Henson retired?
 
#578      
Chicago, IL
"Prep" is generally another name for "high" schools, but the modern usage relates to a school, usually private, that provides a more challenging academic environment to its students. Parents pay huge bucks to send their kids there, because graduating from a prestigious high school can enhance the kid's chances of getting into prestigious colleges. Part of the seedy underbelly of high school sports, though, is that high schools are not allowed to recruit students, particularly for athletics. It's a badly kept secret that some private schools absolutely do that. The seedy part of it is that private schools tend to have predominantly white student bodies, so they may offer grants to minority students to offset their tuition in the name of diversifying the student body. If those kids are also good at sports, so much the better. I spent 25 years in the college admissions and recruiting game, and saw this play out many times in private high schools I visited all over the country. It's really not all that different from college athletics recruiting.
Wrong kind of prep school. That's what it is 90% of the time.

In this case, it refers to schools meant to rehabilitate GPAs and regain credits necessary to become eligible at a Division I school.
 
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Five people for Illini asst. coach: (read Roger Powell closely. Can he recruit?)
Not an exhaustive list at all, and really, I wonder if we could all put a list like this together. But I'd be curious to hear what our insiders have to say. That said, my thoughts ("NO ONE CARES, BOBBLE!!"):

Chris Lowery ... No.
Daniyal Robinson ... Hell yes!
Tom Ostrom ... Intriguing. I'd lean yes for sure.
Roger Powell ... Love him, but probably no. We gotta have solid recruiters.
Steve Prohm ... I can't even imagine this one.
 
#586      
Not sure how hooked in to the recruiting scene he is already. All his coaching has been in the NBA.
Good point. Most of Lovie's staff was trying to learn to recruit on the job and it didn't work out too well.
 
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Five people for Illini asst. coach: (read Roger Powell closely. Can he recruit?)

1. There is no reason to ever read anything Rees Woodcock writes "closely."
2. "With the Bulldogs, Powell has helped form the team into a national title contender..." The idea that Gonzaga were not already title contenders until Powell arrived is laughable.
3. I obviously read the Powell one closely as you suggested and instantly regretted it. See point #1 above.
 
#590      
It depends. Some are long-standing private schools that have developed national-profile basketball programs over the years. Some are boarding schools, some not; some religious-affiliated, some not. Generally, they have very good academics, and the athletes are expected to perform at levels similar to all other students. Monteverde, Brewster and Sierra Canyon come to mind. These schools have good alumni/donor networks, with a lot of kids getting scholarships (not just athletes), particularly those from less-advantaged backgrounds with particular talents.

Others are pure basketball factories that have limited facilities (access to a gym and weight room), and only a couple dozen student-athletes enrolled. The organization typically send kids to a local parochial school or online school a few hours a day for what seems like a minimum-requirements education. Kids typically don't pay much (or anything) for the experience, which is "sponsored" by shoe companies and "donations." Findlay Prep (closed), Hillcrest Prep, Huntington Prep and Prolific Prep come to mind. If you are getting the sense that I think these outfits are all kind of sketchy, you're right.

IMG is a unique animal unto itself, built from the ground up as an athlete-focused school, that has relatively decent academics coupled with amazing facilities. Some kids pay, but the most promising get scholarships. Again, you can guess where the money comes from.

And yes, quite a few of these schools will accept kids for a "post-graduate" year between H.S. and college. Kids who are "late bloomers," rehabbing from serious injury, or who need a year to repair an academic issue, are the ones who typically go this route. It worked for a friend's kid who graduated from a large North Suburban school, did a year at a New England Prep, and now is on the squad at Harvard.
Jacob Grandison spent his 5th (post-grad) year at Phillips Exeter Academy.
 
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Didn’t he lose it?
faith no more 90s GIF
 
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