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Recruiting Insider: March 23, 2008 - March 29, 2008

Coach Postpones Euro Recruiting Trip for Sweet 16

Davidson Coach Bob McKillop knows how important recruiting is to his program and how difficult it can be, given Davidson's rigorous academic structure and its place as one of the smallest colleges fielding a Division I basketball program. So where did he plan to be this week? In Germany running...

By Josh Barr  | March 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Philly Player is MVP; Locals Don't Tear It Up

Philadelphia guard Tyreke Evans, yet to make his college choice, was the MVP of last night's McDonald's All-American game. He is considering Villanova, Texas, Memphis and Connecticut. Not a good night for those with local ties: Virginia recruit Sylvan Landesberg had two points, Georgetown recruit Greg Monroe one. In the...

By Josh Barr  | March 27, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Recruiting Spotlight: Jelani Jenkins, Good Counsel

This week's recruiting spotlight features Good Counsel All-Met linebacker sittng down with Man About Town B.J. Koubaroulis. Jenkins, who also was Maryland's Gatorade Player of the Year this past season as a junior, is considered one of the nation's top prospects. The 16-year-old already has more than 25 official offers...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  | March 26, 2008; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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WVU Hits Tidewater Hard

Want an instant recipe for recruiting in one of the East Coast's biggest football hotbeds? Follow the one West Virginia has taken, hiring a former Tidewater high school football coach as an assistant. Chris Beatty, whose resume includes a brief stint at North Stafford High, went from being a high...

By Josh Barr  | March 26, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coach Says Beasley Should Go

Big news here. K-State Coach Frank Martin says he expects Mike Beasley to turn pro. Ya think? Though you've got to give him credit. At least he doesn't talk about how it might be wise to stay in school another year, blah blah blah. In just a few months, Beasley...

By Josh Barr  | March 26, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Agents In the House; G'town Recruit Wins Award

Former Post intern Steve Yanda advances tonight's McDonald's All-American game with a story about how agents are still wooing high schoolers even though the NBA now makes them go to college for a year before turning pro. It only makes sense. Agents are recruiting players the same way college coaches...

By Josh Barr  | March 26, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All-Star Madness Starts Tonight

Yep, time for high school all-star basketball again. Tonight, ESPN2 airs the slam dunk contest from the McDonald's All-American game in Milwaukee, tape-delayed at 11:30. Tomorrow, ESPNU has the girls' game at 7, with ESPN airing the boys' game at 9:30. Maryland recruit Lynetta Kizer of Potomac (Va.) and North...

By Josh Barr  | March 25, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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From Averaging One Point to NCAA Stardom

More on the new sensation Joe Alexander and his road to stardom at West Virginia, including averaging one point a game during his season at Hargrave Military Academy. For those who wonder about dedication, Alexander tried to convince school officials to give him a key to the gym so he...

By Josh Barr  | March 25, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Beasley Decision Soon?

Well, that might not be the right question, as the guess here is that Mike Beasley's decision to turn pro-- and almost certainly be the top pick in this year's NBA draft -- is already made. The better question is when will the announcement come? I'd think it won't be...

By Josh Barr  | March 25, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Loudoun Standout Picks Up Two More ACC Offers

Colleague Paul Tenorio -- aka Mr. Loudoun County -- reports that Stone Bridge junior defensive tackle Zach Thompson picked up two more offers last week, from Boston College and Wake Forest. Those that have been following Zach's progress know that those two offers make it seven now. West Virginia, Virginia,...

By Josh Barr  | March 24, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Unheralded Recruits Making Big Impact

While it is easier to project a recruit's success in basketball than in football - see Beasley, Mike; Durant, Kevin - there are still plenty of reminders that recruiting is far from an exact science. Consider two of the biggest stars from the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Beasley,...

By Josh Barr  | March 24, 2008; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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