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Recruiting Insider: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

More Behind the Scenes with Beasley

Have to say, I've found ESPN's video series on one-time All-Met Mike Beasley extremely entertaining. It's an up-close and inside look at the star player. This week's installment takes you backstage as Beasley gets ready to go to the ESPYs, including a visit from his personal jeweler and Beasley's imitation...

By Josh Barr  | July 25, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vegas Links, Day 3

Shawn Kemp Jr. might have the most recognizable name of any player in the Las Vegas summer tournaments, but he doesn't try to meet any expectations folks have for him. He said he has scholarship offers from Auburn and Alabama. Some high scool standouts become role players on their AAU...

By Josh Barr  | July 25, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coaches Don't Much Care for NABC Request

I've been meaning to post about this one for a while. All manner of college coaches seemed to agree it was the right thing to do when the National Association of Basketball Coaches suggested it was time to curtail recruiting middle schoolers. The NABC asked - it lacks any power...

By Josh Barr  | July 24, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vegas, Day Two

The nation's top prospect in the class of 2009 likes USC, UCLA, Kansas and North Carolina. Here's a great read on a team from Quebec that paid its own way to Vegas. More interesting, AAU one coach blames the tightening economy on shoe companies pulling back their sponsorships, resulting in...

By Josh Barr  | July 24, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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G'town Recruit Gets Glowing Review; Braswell Update

Just got off the phone with D.C. Triple Threat guru Keith Stevens, who was rolling out of his hotel bed at 8 a.m. Vegas time but denied staying out too late last night. Triple Threat won its opening game in the Reebok Summer Championships, 85-77 in overtime over Belmore Shore,...

By Josh Barr  | July 23, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More Vegas Links

Here's a writeup on how four stars did on the first day of action. While being on the road for the summer recruiting period is a grind for many coaches (and players), it's a brief respite for UNLV's staff, which gets the benefit of having top prospects in their city....

By Josh Barr  | July 23, 2008; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vegas Report, Day 1

Trolling the Internet for stories from the desert... Remember that line yesterday about GPS is a must-have for coaches in Las Vegas this week? Well, some rental car agencies ran out. Also of note from the first day of competition was a head-to-head matchup of two top players (scroll down)...

By Josh Barr  | July 23, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Time to Hit the Road

Yep, it's that time of the year. Vegas, baby, as the summer basketball circuit converges on Sin City. With the tournament spread all across the desert, one coach makes this astute observation: "If you don't have GPS, you're in trouble," USC assistant Bob Cantu said....

By Josh Barr  | July 22, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Land Another Running Back

Scroll down a bit and you can read about Maryland's latest commitment, running back D.J. Adams of Georgia. His commitment, along with that of Good Counsel speedster Caleb Porzel, has many folks wondering if there is the Terps have room for Dunbar-Baltimore standout Tavon Austin....

By Josh Barr  | July 22, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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BCS School Yet to Land Any '09 Recruits

This isn't big news locally, but with the start of preseason practice just weeks away, this BCS school doesn't have any verbal commitments from recruits. Says SuperPrep recruiting guru Allen Wallace: That is "pretty shocking in today's day and age, no question about it."...

By Josh Barr  | July 21, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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St. John's Grad Booted By Marshall

St. John's alum J.J. Johnson, with 23 career starts at cornerback, was kicked off Marshall's team over the weekend, after being arrested for driving while under the influence....

By Josh Barr  | July 21, 2008; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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