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[2027] 5-Star Recruiting Thread

This is the 5-Star Recruiting thread. Players listed #1 - #25 will be posted below. Reply with your pitch & offer with the following format:

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(4) Daniel Fragoso
UCONN offers D. Fragoso
Scholarship
School Visit (3/5)
Coach Visit (2/3)
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Penn State offers Daniel Fragoso (4)
Scholarship
Coach Visit (1/3)
School Visit (1/5)
Hello Daniel, it's an honor to to meet you. We've had you on our radar for a while now, and I'm so happy to be in contact with you. I hope you look at this presentation and truly see the message I'm trying to portray. Penn State is the best place for your future, and we strive on the underdog mentality. We're ready for you. Good luck!
UNDERDOGS
(Attention judging panel: I can understand me posting pictures of our rankings is kinda a cop out, but I was worried about going too far against the limit. I would've just said those rankings but I thought putting them up summarizes it up incredibly well. I hope that's okay, lol.)
Pittsburgh offers Daniel Fragoso (4)
Scholarship
Rescinded
(1) Bryan Fraga
Duke offers (1) Bryan Fraga
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Bryan, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I wanted to talk to you today about water.
Yes, seriously, water. Bear with me.
While I was at the airport on my way over here, I was doing some research on the area--specifically, on the Puget Sound. Water is the most patient substance on this planet, and when it gets what it wants it’s the most powerful substance on the planet. When the glaciers melted, they eroded the land inch by inch over thousands of years. And as every cubic inch of land was carried away, water rushed in to take its place. And it keeps rushing in. Imagine a tank of water the length and width of a basketball court and 10 feet high to match the rim: that’s how much water flows into the Sound in 1.15 seconds.
Patient until it’s ready, powerful when it strikes. That’s what I want out of a point guard. A lot of guys have the physical skills for the job, including you. Not as many also have the head for the game--and that’s why we’re building the Smartest Team in America.
So before we talk about what happens on the court, let’s talk about how you’ll get to use your head here. There is no better place for you to earn your degree than Duke University. We’re ranked 2nd among all NCBCA schools by the US News and World Report. We have a 6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, with 5 out of every 7 classes being 20 students or fewer. We have brilliant professors: some are respected academics who have won Nobel Prizes for their research, some are pioneers in their field who have a passion for teaching. Attending a university of fewer than 7,000 undergrads with the resources of a school many times larger, you will have access to those professors, as well as the opportunities for mentorship and research that they can provide.
You will have the opportunity to connect with alumni at the top of their game no matter what their game is. If you’re interested in business, CEOs like Tim Cook of Apple or Stephen Pagliuca of Bain Capital (and part-owner of the Boston Celtics) are Blue Devils--and Stephen’s son Nick was a basketball walk-on. If you want to go into broadcasting after your pro career is done, look at Sean McManus of CBS. Blue Devils go on to do great things, but we also reach back out to the next generation of Blue Devils and give them a hand up. Whenever your long and successful pro career comes to an end, you couldn’t ask for a better network to jump-start your next adventure.
You in particular would enjoy the Duke Marine Lab. It’s a marine biology research facility a couple hours away from campus on the Atlantic barrier islands, in an estuary similar to the Puget Sound. We have some classes that take field trips out there--even freshman-level classes--and you can opt to do research and take summer classes at the Marine Lab as well.
Last thing I’ll say about education: I mentioned earlier that we’re building the Smartest Team in America. That means the only freshmen wearing a Duke uniform next year will be players who have demonstrated a passion for their education and value it above all else. You will constantly be around people who are just as smart, curious, and engaged as you are.
And, of course, it means you’ll have the opportunity to be on the same page on-court as the savviest basketball players this country has to offer. We’re losing four starters, including our starting point guard and starting 2-guard. That means we have a lot of playing time to give out, and we’re expecting you to seize the reins as our lead guard. We love your athleticism, we love your ability to score at all ranges, we love your defense, we love your passing. But like I said, we also love your head for the game. That’s what’s going to take you from good to great. I know that you value being able to step in and make an immediate impact, and we’d be ecstatic to make that happen for you.
My policy has always been that the five players who give us the best chance to win, and you're obviously at the top of that list. You're going to start, and you're going to be the focal point of our team. You’ll be the one with the ball in your hands when the game is on the line, when championships are on the line. The minutes you play will matter more at Duke than they will elsewhere--other programs would expect you to lead them to wins; we give you the opportunity to be the face of a title-level team.
That’s going to be true even if we do bring in Stephan Beaulieu this year. My most successful teams have come with 2 elite point guards on the floor at once--half my Final Fours have come that way. You'll get to play off each other, and the defense can't just stack up on you because Stephan's there too. But the plan is to bring him in as your complement, not your competition. You’re still going to be our #1 guy, no matter what.
When you’re not in practice, not in class, and not doing homework or studying, you need to be having fun. I’m not kidding--college is stressful, and having the chance to decompress is good for your health. And at Duke, you’ll have no shortage of outlets for that. I remember when I was visiting Duke in my senior year of high school, I was walking on the plaza outside the student center and all these clubs had their desks and booths set up. They were passing out information or food or T-shirts, showing people about the things they cared about and having a good time while doing it. You can devote time to something you care about with one of our 400 student-run clubs--and if the club you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you can start it.
And of course, there’s plenty to do if you just want to have a good time. Work hard/play hard is an unofficial motto here, and all that means is that Duke students are just as dedicated to having fun as they are to learning. We have a strong but not overwhelming fraternity presence and Shooters is within walking distance of East Campus, so there’s never going to be a lack of parties to attend. But if you’re like me and you’re not as much into partying, there’s still a lot going on on campus and in Durham. The student government puts on events like movie nights and midnight breakfasts as a party alternative. There are always concerts and shows at DPAC. We have the Durham Bulls of Bull Durham fame. And there are so many restaurants and so much great food at Brightleaf Square, American Tobacco Campus, on 9th Street, or elsewhere downtown that you won’t have time to try it all.
Let’s cover a few last things. I know you care about playing at the next level, and that’s something we have experience with here at Duke. I’ve been fortunate enough to help 27 players fulfill the next stage of their dreams and get drafted to the NBL, 10 in these last four years at Duke. I’ve had 7 players selected in the top 4 of their respective drafts. That includes Andre Wilder and Brooklyn Vick, who each went #1 overall--and both of them were high-ranked guards like you. I understand what it takes to develop a player from a high school star to an NBL-ready dynamo, and the scouts know to always keep an eye on Duke when they’re looking for the next great guard.
You’ll also have the benefit of playing for a prestigious program and a winning program. When you think blueblood, you think Duke. We have always been among the premier programs in the sport, and we understand what’s necessary to remain at that level. Every other program slips for a couple years at a time--including every other school offering you. Every program, that is, except Duke.
And we’re going to be in position to keep on winning next year. We return eight players from last year’s Elite Eight team--the third Duke team to make the Elite Eight since I’ve been there. In my 11 years at Duke and CSU, I’ve been to four Final Fours, five Elite Eights, and 9 consecutive Sweet Sixteens--the longest active streak of any coach in the country.
I understand that we’re on the other side of the country for you, and there are decent options on the west coast. But the water that waits for a decent spot to settle in becomes a puddle. Only the water that’s patient enough to wait for the right opportunity and powerful enough to take advantage of it can form something as awe-inspiring as the Puget Sound. Duke is the only school in the country that fits you as perfectly as a basketball fits your palm--so come join the Smartest Team in America.
USC offers Bryan Fraga
Scholarship
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VCU offers Bryan Fraga (1)
Rescinded
Bryan, throw the world a curveball. Take life by storm. RAISE HAVOC!
Notre Dame offers Bryan Fraga (1)
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Bryan,
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. I feel honored to even have the chance to recruit a player of your caliber, and potentially have you come help us accomplish big, big things at Notre Dame this year. You would be able to play a lot for us this year, and help us improve on last year’s Final Four finish with a National Championship this year.
As I’m sure you’re aware, last season we signed the #1 recruit in the country in Brian Lile. Brian was labeled as one of the weakest #1 recruits in NCBCA history, but he ignored the noise and helped us reach the Final Four and then became the #7 overall pick in the NBL draft. Bryan, you are probably one of the most talented #1 recruits in NCBCA history, and I truly see us winning a National Championship with you in blue and gold. Afterwards though, I can already see you walking up to shake the commissioner's hand to become the #1 overall pick in the draft. I’ve gotten guys to the league, from some relatively unheralded recruits like John Smith, Victor Williams and Vernon Jones to guys like Brian, or Sabein Kane who I had the pleasure of coaching for one year. They all had one thing in common when I coached them: They were undisputedly the guy. Sure, you can go to a school that has a million top recruits and a loaded roster, but you’d be one of many. At Notre Dame, you’d come in and be a legend for us. You’d be mentioned in the same breath as Kane, Lile, and Lester Stern. You remind me of a much better version of Lester, who you may remember as one of the more unheralded players in NCBCA history. He was a crowd favorite in South Bend, and a player I loved to watch when I was coaching at Utah. I kind of lost focus there for a second, but what I’m trying to get across is that you can come to Notre Dame and be our undisputed #1 option, lead us to a National Championship and become an immortal here and throughout the NCBCA, and then become the #1 pick in the draft on your way to a long and prosperous NBL career where you’ll probably win an MVP award or two. Come be legendary.
As the undisputed #1 option, you will play and play a lot for us. Listen, you’re talented enough that I see no reason to take you off the court unless totally necessary, which I don’t envision happening much, if at all. The last few years, this team has had a lot of bigs and not a lot of guards. You could link up with Paul McIntyre to form the best backcourt in the NCBCA. The thing with Paul is that he’s an incredibly unselfish player. He will make someone with your talent look absolutely superhuman, and with you two playing 40 minutes together almost every night, we can win a whole lot of games. Obviously, you’re an absolutely lethal shooter, and I’m already dreaming of nights where you heat up and just continue to torch our opponent with made threes over and over and over. Your shooting ability makes you a really special player. Even if you were the worst shooter in the world, I’d still be amazed with what you brought to the floor, but wow, the way you shoot the ball is downright incredible. You’re going to win Player of the Year if you come to Notre Dame, and we’re going to win a National Title, and you’re going to be the key cog when it happens.
At Notre Dame, our campus life is one of the best parts of student life. Our freshman retention rate, which is a good indicator of how well students love the school, is an astounding 98%. Our campus is also, in my opinion, the most visually appealing in the country. I’d go as far to call it a visual splendor, with our collegiate gothic architecture, to our park-like landscape and exquisite outdoor sculpture, The University of Notre Dame is truly something to behold. Obviously, you like sports, and at ND, sports reign supreme. Obviously, we’re known for our football program, but our basketball program is certainly not far behind, as we’re ranked 9th in prestige in the NCBCA. Students come out in full force for athletic events, and as a basketball player, and the #1 recruit in the country nonetheless, you’ll be big man on campus. If you just want to be a regular student, you can go to football games and hang out with all the fans who bleed Notre Dame blue and gold. All of our freshman students live in one of our thirty expansive residence halls, and there is certainly no lack of things to do on campus. You can go to Comedy on the Quad, where popular comedians hold a comedy night, free of charge for our students on the quad. And trust me when I say, it’s damn funny. A lot of the brains behind Saturday Night Live like Colin Jost come frequently, and I honestly can tell you I’ve never laughed harder in my life then during some of their routines. After cheering the Irish to victory in a football game, you can take a dip in the Stonehenge River (make sure to bundle up afterwards, it can get real cold during the fall and winter), or rub Knute Rockne’s nose at the Rock, a campus landmark. At the LaFortune Student Center, you can eat a Quarter Dog, (Just make sure there’s a bathroom nearby if you finish the whole thing), or you can dominate the competition at Bookstore Basketball, the largest outdoor 5 v 5 tournament in the world, which features more than 700 teams each year. Doing so would you get some good publicity too. All proceeds from the event go to the Jumpball Basketball Programme, a basketball program that helps teach the game to youths in Jamaica and Haiti. Want to get off campus? South Bend has a population of more than 300,000, and the surrounding area features a wide range of cultural, recreational, and economic opportunities. In the immediate area of South Bend, you’ll find 70+ shops, 52+ restaurants, and four museums, in addition to more than 20 arts and entertainment venues where popular musicians often perform, and they all offer student discounts. I think you’ll find no problem assimilating into our campus, and as you can see there is certainly no lack of options. I think you’ll love everything Notre Dame has to offer.
The purpose of college is to get an education. If you didn’t care about getting an education, you could just go play overseas and still be the first overall pick in the NBL draft. But, education is extremely important, and we at Notre Dame recognize that. We’re currently one of the top five most prestigious universities in the NCBCA, and top 20 in the entire country of the US, landing at #18 in the latest edition of the US News rankings. ND is divided up into eight different schools and colleges, included the highly ranked Mendoza College of Business and Law School. ND also features an architecture school which is among the best in the country. Over 60% of our classes have fewer than 20 students, which is an amazing thing as it allows you to not only build relationships with your professors, but it also allows you to get individualized attention that truly will help you excel in your classes. It’s no secret that students perform better when they get more individualized attention, and with small classes, students are able to get that attention from their professors. You’ll also be able to build relationships with your professors-at Notre Dame, it isn’t uncommon for students to eat lunch with their professors and bond over mutual interests, be it sports, economics, or religion. In addition, our average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98%, an astounding rate which shows how much students absolutely love Notre Dame. You certainly have the talent to become an NBL player, as you’re an elite offensive player and certainly fit the mold of a modern NBL big, but if you don’t want to take that career path, you can easily make millions of dollars doing whatever you love with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. So Bryan, not only will you be starting and playing a lot on one of the best teams in the country, but you’ll be doing so while getting an education from one of the undisputed top schools in the country for free. Not many, if any, other places can offer you that.
Bryan, I truly believe Notre Dame is the best school for you as a player and more importantly as a person. Come be legendary.
Go Irish!
Wake Forest offers Bryan Fraga
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Greetings Bryan!
I appreciate you meeting me here in beautiful Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I'm ExtraLives, the new head coach of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and I wanted to formally extend my congratulations. Graduating high school, especially while excelling both academically and athletically to the extent that you have, is no small feat. Without further ado, I'd like to take some time to talk to you about some of the things Wake Forest can do for you.
Location: While I understand it's a bit far, Winston-Salem is a truly amazing town with a great deal of history and charm. Whether you feel like grabbing some donuts from the very first Krispy Kreme or spending some time out on the town in the gorgeous North Carolina weather, Winston-Salem is a great place to be.
Loyalty: While I admittedly don't have much of a track record to point to, I can tell you that I own a house here in Winston-Salem and am committed to Wake Forest for the long haul. There are many coaches out there who would throw their players under the bus the instant things go poorly -- I am not one of those coaches.
Pro Potential: I assure you that you will be a top pick in the NBL draft. There is no doubt that playing in the ACC, against the likes of Georgia Tech and Duke will grant you the exposure you need to become the number one draft pick in the upcoming NBL draft. Additionally, I promise that my assistants and I will provide you with every tool needed to become the best player you could possibly be and to help you succeed at the next level.
Playing Time: I've heard from both your parents and your HS coach, who happens to be an old friend of mine from my playing days, that your number one concern is being able to start from day one. With your talent, not only would you be a day one starter, you'd be a day one star at Wake. As the top player in the country, any school would be able to promise you playing time, but I'll go one step further. You may start day one at any other school -- here at Wake, you'll be a legend day one. I can personally promise you as many minutes as you are willing and able to play, starting day one.
Winning: Well, there aren't too many ways to say this so I'm just gonna give it to you straight. The team's struggled pretty mightily these past couple seasons. That said, with you, Anthony (Jenson), and and William (Smith), we can easily become a contender in the very difficult ACC. With your help, we can really build a winning tradition here at Wake Forest University.
Prestige: We are not exactly the biggest name in the NCBCA landscape, but with your help we could truly become something special. This is your opportunity, not only to be a part of something special but to be the catalyst.
Education: Your mom and coach both mentioned that you ranked in the top 5% of your graduating class and that attending a high end academic school is important to you. Wake Forest is the 11th ranked educational institution in NCBCA, and we have produced 15 Rhodes Scholars, including 13 since 1986, 92 Fulbright recipients since 1993, and four Marshall Scholars. In addition, we have a world class research park in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter-- where the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine is working on engineering replacement tissue and organs to develop healing cell therapies. In addition, here at Wake we pride ourselves on our top tier research funding, and the many wonderful grad school opportunities available should you choose to pursue them. No matter what your major or what career you wish to pursue, Wake can be the place for you.
Campus Life: As I'm sure you're already aware, campus life here at Wake Forest is diverse and exciting. Whether you're looking for thriving Greek life, great other sports teams, or just a beautiful campus, Wake is the place. Not just that, we also have the beautiful Reynolda House Museum of American Art- one of the finest museums in the country -, the gorgeous
To conclude, I'm glad you've taken the time to visit our campus. Before you leave, lets take a quick walk through Memorial Coliseum. As great as our school is, as wonderful as our campus is, I want you to take a look at the rafters.
I've really enjoyed our conversation and hope to see you here in this gym later this year.
Coach ExtraLives
Nebraska offers Bryan Fraga (1)
Scholarship
rescinded
(2) Eric Lopez
UCLA offers Eric Lopez
Scholarship
School Visit (1/5)
Coach Visit (1/3)
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Stanford University offer (2) E.Lopez
Scholarship
Coach Visit (2/3)
School Visit (2/5)
Hey Eric,
It’s great seeing you again! I hope you enjoyed the drive from Modesto, it’s a really relaxing drive isn’t it. Let’s get down to business shall we. You are an extremely talented player, everyone in the country knows that. I want you to come play for Stanford this coming season. This team needs a strong physical athlete who can help lead this team deep into the national tournament. We need a strong athletic player who can score down low, shoot the three and then play some stellar defense. You have proven to us that you are the best in the country at doing that. Let’s talk some more about what you are really interested in.
Stanford has probably one of the best campuses in the country. A safe, suburban environment can offer many of the amenities of city living without the constant hum. Stanford students come from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to live on a breath-taking campus that is remarkably residential. More than 97% of Stanford undergraduates live on campus all four years because of how large and accommodating it is! The campus itself sits on over 8,000 acres of land which is one of the largest campuses in the nation! If you can find time to get away from the classroom and the basketball court, you can join one of our 600 student organizations/clubs that we have! If you have a unique hobby that you want to enjoy more, we probably have a club for it! Whether it be dancing, singing, horseback riding, or even surfing! The summers at Stanford can get pretty hot which is what you like, the great thing about the summer time is that a lot of our students like to visit one of the many beaches we have located nearby. There are a total of six beaches that are located all less than 40 minutes from the campus! The weather is pretty nice all year round, during the summer it can get blazing hot as some students might say! We strive to make sure that our students tend to fit in well with the system that we have run here at Stanford. There is no reason to believe that you would not enjoy the sunshine here in sunny California.
You have made it apparent that loyalty plays a big part in where you go. I am entering my fourth year here at Stanford, I originally had signed a 3-year contract with Stanford but last year I signed a four-year extension. You heard that right, I’m here for the long haul. I am looking to build a legacy here at Stanford, I want to become one of Stanford’s greatest coaches of all time. I believe a lot of my success can revolve around you, I really believe that you’re are a player who can push this team over the top and make us a serious contender. Look at the other schools that are offering you for instance. One of the coaches has been considering leaving his school for the last two years or so. He did just sign a three year deal but the last two years on the deal are coach options, I don't know about you but that doesn't seem very loyal to me. A loyal coach doesn't ask for a coach option, this coach asked for a coach option on two of the three years of the contract. Anyways, we are ranked 11th in returning talent with most of our players being either sophomores or juniors. The one thing that I think this team needs is a leader. Eric, you have the ability to be the leader for this team right away, we need someone who can dominate on the court and in the locker room and I believe you could be that guy.
One of the nicest things about Stanford is that we are only an hour and a half from you! Your friends and family would be able to travel to almost every home game if they would like! There are actually quite a few close road games as well, Cal is about the same distance away from you as we are and USC is only about a four-hour drive south. The nicest thing about staying local is that you get the whole college experience while still being close to your friends and family. There is nothing better than going home to a nice home cooked meal on the weekends. Stanford is striving to be the best men’s basketball college here in California. We believe you would make a great addition to the team while staying relatively close to home for you. Stanford University is in the heart of California which makes it a great place to be.
Another topic that you have shown that you care a lot about is playing time. Let’s put it this way, you could be a starter for any college team in the country, there is no doubt about that. If you were to commit to Stanford, I guarantee you will be a starter here getting 30+ minutes a night and I guarantee that we run the offense through you! You are an absolute monster athlete and you will have no problem putting up big numbers. I believe that if you came to Stanford, you could easily be a top candidate for freshman of the year no doubt. The ball is going to be in your hands at all time, you call the shots, you can decide if you want to take the shot or push it out to someone else, we believe in you and so does this team.
Let’s talk a little bit about your pro potential, with you being a very important member of this offense I could see you putting up strong numbers. With your scoring ability I think you could be the clear-cut leader of this team this season. If going pro is something you really want to consider about your future I guarantee you that you will be drafted after your freshman season. You have the ability to run this offense, you are going to look like an absolute star out there and there is no doubt that the NBL scouts will be watching you. One of the nice things about Stanford is that we aren’t far from some NBA teams so I believe you will have quite a few scouts at some of our home games. If we look back in history, Stanford has sent 14 players to the NBL with out most recent one being Mason King who got drafted in the lottery just two seasons ago. I was here for Mason’s junior year and I helped propel his draft stock by making him the number one player on this team. You have the ability to be our number one guy, we will revolve this team around you Eric. I really think you could cement yourself as one of Stanford’s greatest players of all time. Just imagine coming back here someday with your kids as they get ready to make a college decision of their own and them seeing a statue of yourself outside of the stadium. I think you have the level of player to get yourself a statue, to get your jersey retired here. You have the ability to do great things for Stanford and I hope you see that.
I would like to finish off this meeting by thanking you for your time. It was an honor to even meet with you. Stanford would be happy to bring you aboard and I hope that you see that. You would be a great leader for this team and no matter what happens I wish you the best in whatever route you decide to go. I’m so excited to hear more from you, I really think you could be one of Stanford’s greatest players ever!
-Coach JawlessMuffin
USC offers (2) Eric Lopez
Scholarship
School Visit (3/5)
Coach Visit (1/3)
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(3) Jordan Libby
Duke offers (3) Jordan Libby
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School Visit
Coach Visit
Jordan, we share a name. But we have a lot more in common than just that. We share a common goal on the court and off. We’re both dedicated to being the best we can be: to winning games, playing the right way, and using the game of basketball to sharpen our minds.
So let’s talk about what it means to play for the Smartest Team in America.
First of all, that’s not a title I’m throwing around just because of the school’s academic prowess, though it certainly helps. This is going to be the Smartest Team in America because of this recruiting class. We believe that this class is chock-full of young men like you who are brilliant in the classroom and brilliant on the court. We have five available spots on the roster, and our priority is to bring in five players who put perfection of the mind on the same level as perfection of the body. Five players who are on the same page with each other, who will constantly push each other to think beyond the basics, who will bring their own unique experiences to the table to create something even greater. Jordan, you have one of the best young minds in the game. You have a great skillset to build on. And you have the burning desire to win. Duke University was made for people like you.
I’d call winning a tradition at Duke, but that would imply that our consistent success was easy to come by. It’s not. Success is something you have to consistently work for, and it’s easier to lose ground than it is to merely stay in place--let alone continue to push forward. At Duke, pushing forward is a goal of ours. You’ve probably heard our mantra: “We didn’t come this far just to get this far.” The thing is, though, we’ve come pretty far. In my four years at Duke, we’ve won an ACC title, made the Elite Eight three times, and made the Final Four twice. We’ve had 5 top-four draft picks, and we’ve consistently been one of the winningest programs in the country. Some programs would be content with that kind of a résumé. At Duke, it’s just a start--because we didn’t come this far just to get this far.
We lose 5 scholarship players this year. It’s always tough to reload after that, but we’ve done it before and we’ll do it again. Heck, my first year here we had just 2 scholarship players returning. But my staff and I hit the road, spoke with players in your exact position. We had earnest, frank conversations with them. We told them about what we were trying to achieve here and showed them how they could be part of it. We signed six scholarship players, and with that roster we made the Final Four. This year, we return an even better base than we did four years ago. We have James Searcy, a power forward with all-world potential, coming back for his junior year. We have Willie Cox, last year’s #10 recruit, returning. We have Stephen Adame, another guy with all-world potential, coming back. All three were key contributors, but what’s going to put us over the top is this class. We’re talking to you. We’re talking to Bryan Fraga, the #1 overall recruit and one of the best prospects I’ve ever seen. We’re talking to Stephan Beaulieu, the best perimeter defender in this class and #13 overall recruit. And we’re talking to a couple of four-star wings as well--Peter Forman and Juan Rademacher--who are going to be huge for us.
And, of course, we’re talking to you. We need your rebounding, your athleticism, and your ability to finish inside. We’re going to work with you over the summer to get your game in the best place it can be, but you have the potential to be one of the best players in the country. You could put up monster stats anywhere you go. At Duke, you can put up monster stats as well--but more importantly, surrounded by as much talent as we’re going to have, you are going to win games. And you are going to hang banners in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
When you’re not playing or practicing with the Smartest Team in America on the court, I know that you’re going to have your nose buried in a textbook. Or, you know, on a PDF version of a textbook because the prices for the physical copies are outrageous. Anyway, my point is that a Duke education is the kind of thing that leaves you set for life. It’s not just because we rank 2nd among all NCBCA schools in the US News and World Report (although we do). It’s not just because our undergrads make more money than all but one or two other NCBCA schools in the country (although they do). It’s not just because we have mandatory study hours so that you and the rest of the Smartest Team in America can put your heads together and work (although we do). It’s not just because we have a 6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, with 5 of every 7 classes being 20 students or smaller so that you have maximum facetime with our brilliant professors (although we do). It’s all of that, and more.
It’s also the fact that we are all Blue Devils, and we know that education extends well beyond the classroom. Duke alumni are everywhere. Business? Look at Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. Government? Look at the 32 current or former members of Congress, five current or former governors, and two current or former heads of state who were Blue Devils. Philanthropy? Look at Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Media? Look at Sean McManus, president of CBS. Duke alumni are at the top of the game no matter what the game, and we know how important it is to lend a helping hand to the next generation of Blue Devils. While you are here, for however long you are here, you will have access to research opportunities. You will have access to internship opportunities. Our alumni office would be happy to connect you with the people you need to meet in whatever field you’re interested in, just as they would for any other student. We believe wholeheartedly in extending the Duke education into the real world, and that’s just one of the many opportunities a Duke education presents.
And again, you can do all that while playing for a coach who’s been to 10 straight National Tournaments, 9 straight Sweet Sixteens, who’s been to five Elite Eights, won two conference championships, and been to four Final Fours--not just one Final Four with someone else's recruits. There is no peer academic institution with this kind of pedigree of winning, and no peer winning program with our record of academic excellence.
Two final things. I know that you’re a forward-looking person, and the future is on your mind. Going pro is in your future, and I want to help you get there. I’ve had experience shepherding players along that journey--27 of my former players have been drafted into the NBL. That includes a wide variety of big men just like you, up to and including #2 overall pick Willie Brothers. It also includes top-four guys like Jaemyn Brakefield (#4), Matthew Saldana (#4), Aden Holloway (#3), Barry Tate (#3), Brooklyn Vick (#1), and Andre Wilder (#1). We’re going to have a lot of conversations about your timing, because you’ve still got room to grow. But as soon as you are ready to make the leap, I will encourage you to go. When you have the opportunity to make millions playing the game you love, you can’t say no. And you will have every opportunity to come back to Duke and finish your degree.
And last but not least, you’ll know that the scouts will have their eyes on you because everyone has their eyes on Duke. We have consistently maintained one of the most prestigious programs in the country. Who can match our track record of winning for decades on end? Who can match the raw unbridled passion of the Cameron Crazies? We do things the right way, on and off the court, because that’s the only way to maintain that level of prestige.
Doing things the right way is exactly why we want to build the Smartest Team in America, and exactly why we want you to be a part of this. Your skill on the court speaks for itself, but your commitment to bettering your team and bettering your mind makes you one of the crown jewels of this class. Come to Duke, Jordan.
Notre Dame offers (3) Jordan Libby
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Jordan,
Let’s cut the BS and get right to the chase. Last year, we blew it in the Final Four. We had a nice halftime lead, and we choked down the stretch. And Jordan, let me tell you. I’m angry about that. I’m still fuming about the way things went down. But instead of sitting here and complaining, I’m putting together a team. Notre Dame’s 2027 roster is going to be something special Jordan. We’re not going to settle for a Final Four loss yet again. We’re winning the whole damn thing this year.
You’re going to the NBL with or without me, so there’s really no sense in talking to you about the guys I’ve gotten there. I want to talk to you about the guys that will be here next year. It’s no secret I want to team you up with Bryan Fraga and have you two freshman dominate the country. But the fact that Christopher Harr and Paul McIntyre are coming back next year make us downright scary. They’re the epitome of team players, and I know they’ll love having some real talent to play with. Donald Biller and Shawn Cain also return, and those guys will be solid role players for us. But dude, having you down low will be really tough for teams to handle. You saw what Brian Lile did last season for us, and I think you can do better. Listen, Jordan, the fact of the matter is our upcoming class is going to be special, and add that to our already talented returning team, and we’ll have the makings of something really special.
Notre Dame is built on the backs of high achieving young men like yourself. In the classroom, Notre Dame is one of the single most prestigious universities in the world. US News has us the 6th most prestigious academic school in the NCBCA, and our school is a truly special place. Condoleezza Rice, senator Joe Donnelly, Regis Philbin, and Edward DeBartolo Jr are some of the names we count among our alumni. ND is divided up into eight different schools and colleges, included the highly ranked Mendoza College of Business and Law School. ND also features an architecture school which is among the best in the country. Over 60% of our classes have fewer than 20 students, which is an amazing thing as it allows you to not only build relationships with your professors, but it also allows you to get individualized attention that truly will help you excel in your classes. Teachers actually care about their students at Notre Dame, and they see the human being in the person. That’s why it’s so important to get individualized attention. You’ll also be able to build relationships with your professors, as at Notre Dame, it isn’t uncommon for students to eat lunch with their professors and bond over mutual interests, be it sports, economics, or religion. In addition, our average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98%, an astounding rate which shows how much students absolutely love Notre Dame. You certainly have the talent to become an NBL player, as you’re an elite offensive player and certainly fit the mold of a modern NBL big, but if you don’t want to take that career path, you can easily make millions of dollars doing whatever you love with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. Jordan, Notre Dame is a really special place with a phenomenal education, and I know you’ll see that when you visit campus.
Jordan, you certainly have the talent to make the NBL. As a coach, I’ve coached multiple NBL players in Victor Williams and John Smith. I’ve coached Brian Lile, Vernon Jones, Victor Williams, and John Smith, and I see many of the same traits of you in them. I think you can be a multiple time All-Star in the NBL, and Notre Dame is the perfect school to get you there. As a team with plenty of national attention, our players are always being seen by NBL scouts and executives, which has led to eight Notre Dame players being selected by NBL teams in the last few seasons. Having coached two players to the NBL, I know how hard it is to make it in the league, but I also know when someone has the talent to, and I know you do, and I know that Notre Dame is the perfect school to get you there. We have some NBL talent on our roster right now, namely Paul McIntyre and Christopher, and scouts will be in attendance to watch them at almost every one of our games, which means scouts will be able to see right off the bat how talented you are as a player. There’s always a need for defense in the NBL, but once they see your polished offensive game, the sky will be the limit for you. I see an NBL player when I look at you right now, and a year or two of seasoning at a school that has a history of producing pros could make you a lottery pick in the NBL, and I’m confident that you could get there if you come play for us at Notre Dame.
Finally, I want to talk to you a little bit about prestige. Notre Dame has grown to become a very prestigious school on the court, matching our prestige on the football field and academically. Our Final Four appearance last year rose our prestige to 9th in the NCBCA, and I want that number to grow even more. I plan on making ND one of the best teams the NCBCA has ever seen, and your addition could really jump start those plans and help us grow as a program and raise our prestige. In addition, our large number nationally televised games means all your friends and family will be able to watch you play, and it also means scouts will see you play every single time you step on the floor. Jordan, at Notre Dame, you’ll be a star.
Jordan, I’ve pretty much said everything I wanted to say. I know Notre Dame is the right school for you, and I know that if you come here, our team can really grow and take that next step. Come join the family at Notre Dame. Come win a National Championship.
(5) Larry Hansen
Georgia Tech offers Larry Hansen (5)
Scholarship, SV (2), CV (1)
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Miami offers #5 Larry Hansen
Scholarship
School Visit (1/5)
Coach Visit (1/3)
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(6) Rudy Link
Kentucky offers R. Link
Scholarship
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Oregon offers Rudy Link (6)
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Hey Rudy! Head coach of the Oregon Ducks here. We here at Oregon love your desire to stay close to home on the west coast. We fully understand the choice to stay close to your loved ones, and with Oregon being just above Cali, they can come to most of your games as well. As well as all the home games, we play games in Cali, Washington, and other nearby states that you family and friends can come watch. With the distance being close, the culture of towns here are more similar than if you went east. We have many of the same things you have in Cali, the transition period wont even feel like one. Since Eugene is much bigger than Ridgecrest, you will have more to explore and do, something we will talk about more later on. With the great Cali talent im sure you want to team up with someone you know, and we have Richard Evans. A 5 star last year who has one of many players we scouted in Cali. Someone who you have played with before, it will be a fun time. Im sure you want to know what our past and current situation is with the amount of Cali players on our team. In my 12 years at Oregon I have had a total of 12 CA players, for a coach in a different state ill say that is pretty darn good. We lost two Cali players last year but still return one while we hope to get you and another CA recruit at least. We have built a major pipeline without even trying to, Oregon is a great spot that many CA recruits flock to right away. To name a few from just Cali along and not any other close states, Billy Preston, Makur Maker, Aidan Mahaney, and James Washington. All world class players who are all now in the NBL. It will feel like home in Eugene, something you cant get by going across the country. everything you want and more in a great program!
Important to you is how you can go pro with Oregon. So seeing how Oregon is currently tied for 5th on the amount of pros by school, we can no doubt get any type of player ready to go. That could be year 1 like James Washington or Mitchell Robinson, or year 2 like Shawn Melvin and Michael Jones among others. Either way you are guaranteed to get drafted, and a high likely-hood of going high. Lets talk about our recent success first, last year we had 4 guys drafted and a high rated senior just miss out as well. That makes it the 2nd time in the last 4 years we have had 4 guys drafted at once. Ever since 2017 we have had someone get drafted, and in 2016 we had an undrafted player who went on to put up 10/5 for his career, about as close as you can get to a drafted player. We have had some true forwards come through here such as Dillon Brooks, Durral Brooks, and Victor Marin. Durral and Victor are both young but Dillon is a career 11 PPG scorer in the NBL. Our plan for you is to get you ready to be a one and done, and with our supporting cast of PGs and FCs that well bring in, you will be set for a great year. With over 20 guys drafted, 15 1st rounders and 6 lottery, we are the school to get you to the pros.
Winning is huge for you. You cant go to a team that isn't a consistent winner or only has some bigs wins as of late. Looking at our team for next year as thats of course very important, we have a lot of potential. The talent might not be there yet but we have returning starter Terry Pruneda, 6th man last year Lino Delrio who could start, Jamar Lear who will be a senior and played some really good minutes last year among others. That potential being Richard Evans, who has an unlimited amount that can launch him to one of the stars on our team, and Li Xiaoyu who just like Evans has potential to be a star. And then of course we have studs from a great class like you who can come in and be an all american with some hard work. They are ready to reach their potential next year, and with open spots in front of them they'll be deadly. Lets go to our history of winning now. An average 15-15 first year when I got the job. After that year I totally turned the team around for 3 straight elite 8s. We have been flying ever more since. In my 12 years here I have made the PCC finals in half of them, and winning half of those to get 3 PCC title game victories. In the NT we have had some struggles as of late but still have 4 elite 8s and a national title. The title being worth some struggles no doubt. It shows we had the best team in the nation that year, which is no doubt true. We were 28-2 with a PCC title when it was in its hay-day back in our title winning year 2022. We have also been over 24 wins, an elite mark that can be good for a 1 seed with some good wins, 8 of the past 10 seasons. We haven't missed the NT since my first year where I didn't have any of my own recruits. We are the title winning consistent team you need!
Along with the previous things we have talked about, a loyal coach and program is what you want as well. You want to know where I am on the loyalty rankings im sure, at a perfect 100. These days many people have a perfect loyalty score, but I was the 1st to it by a whole year. If loyalty scores were to add up, I would be #1 without any competition. Some other things to show I am the most loyal coach around. These include when picking either players, assistants, whatever it is, they have to be dedicated to the program. I make sure they do their best work each and every day, no matter the person. I have had many opportunities to go to just about any job in the country at some point or another. Never have I gave it any notice. Now lets talk about our fantastic contract situation. I can proudly say I am tied for the longest contract in the entire league. 2043 with no coach options to sneak away like some coaches. Unnecessarily long you might say, but that's the type of coach I am. Fully dedicated to Oregon no matter what. I am one of very few coaches to be with their same school their whole coaching career, and the longest tenured coach of all of them as well. We making promises we keep them. Such as Terry Pruneda wanting to stay close to Iowa a few years back. We gave him the first 2 games of the season in Iowa so his family could attend. You wont find a more loyal coach than here in Eugene!
On another note, prestige of a school is something you would rather have. And at Oregon we are that, currently tied for 6th with a score of 81. Over the elite 80 score for 6 years now, we arent just some school that has come on recently.
Being a new college student in a totally new place to you, you'll want to explore and see what it has to offer. Lucky for you there is a lot to do and see in Eugene. I could talk about our great sports teams and our world class facilities, but ill go more into Eugene and what it has to offer for you. Every Saturday there is Eugene Saturday Market, you can get fresh food, catch some love music, and experience something that has been part of Eugene since the 1970s. Hendricks park is another place im sure you will love. It has 200-year-old Douglas fir trees that look stunning in person. This park leads to the hiking trials that Eugene is also known for. One of the best mountain trails in Oregon is called Spencer Butte, a beautiful view when you make it to the top. The peak overlooks the city and during certain times of the year, such as Autumn, it can be even more fascinating. An annual event that I attend and encourage you to as well is the Lane County Fair. It is one of the most famous fairs in Oregon and is a great event to go to every year. This is just a brief overview of somethings to do in Eugene, we know you will love it here!
Texas offers Rudy Link
Scholarship
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Georgia Tech offers (6) Rudy Link
Scholarship, SV (3), CV (2)
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Cal offers Rudy Link (6)
Scholarship
School Visit (2/5)
Coach Visit (1/3)
Central California
What if I told you, Rudy, that you don’t have to do this. You don’t even need to leave your home of Central California to be able to play basketball on the world’s finest stage. You have everything you need here at Cal, and with it, you will still be able to enjoy everything that is great about your family and home. With your family in driving distance, you still will be able to have your family with you for the biggest moments in your basketball career, all in
Let’s talk about the first part of those basketball dreams, winning. It would not be a lie or exaggeration at all to say Cal Basketball is a proven winner. Let me recount the past 3 years of California-Berkeley basketball. 3 years ago we were an Elite 8 team. Two years ago, we won an amazing 28 games, and last year we pulled off another upset in the tourney and got to the Sweet Sixteen. These extremely successful years have been the culmination of a slow but steady progression throughout the entire NCBCA era, as Cal has consistently gotten better, and better, and better throughout it. As evidence, our prestige rating has either held steady or increased in every year except two of the NCBCA’s existence, and that’s a super freaking long time to have never regressed as a program, a whole decade of constantly improving! Cal has always been getting better and better, and this year will be no exception to the norm. First of all, we are already returning many prominent holdovers from last year’s team. Among others, we have defensive star and double-digit rebounder Michael Delacruz, breakout freshman big man Christopher Dickson, and wily seniors Sean Oneill and Carl Dixon. This is already much more than many other blue chip programs have coming back, as they often have to start from scratch every year with new recruits. My advantage is that I have the returners and I will bring in star freshmen next year to build a team that is matchless on the national stage. I am indeed going for big things this recruiting season, starting with yourself but extending to many other 5-stars and other prominent prospects. In fact, I have already made my first big splash by getting a commit from former Duke star and current graduate transfer Brandon Short to run the point for us next year. This Golden Bear team is set up for big things next year and in the future, and I think you really would want to be a part of it.
Another part of winning big games is the coach behind the team, and Cal is led by one of the best of the best in me. In my first tenure, at Duke, I attained an amazing record of 167-43 and added two ACC championships along with many tourney runs to that. At my second stint, at West Virginia, I won the National Coach of The Year Award, a recognition very few coaches have the honor of accepting. But something more important than all my records or awards to me is my relationship with my players. I am known as one of the very most loyal coaches in the league, garnering a perfect 100/100 rating given by the NCBCA. One reason behind this is that I have cut a scholarship player and never broken contract, even in my vast in illustrious career spanning 11 seasons. Another is that I always place my players in value above everything else. Here at Cal you will be welcome to come to my office and seek my help for any issue you have, whether it be on the court, in your personal life, or in the classroom. It can be easy to seem like one of many on a large basketball team, but with me nurturing and prioritizing individual relationships above all else you won’t feel this way at Cal.
The other part of your basketball dream is making it to the pros, and I can tell you right now that Cal is one of the very best places to do that in the entire nation with our history. We have gotten 19 players selected in the NBL draft in the NCBCA era, a Top 10 rate among all programs, and this may in fact even be increasing as of late, as last year we had two lottery selections in Jack Larsen and William Morales, a skilled multipositional forward comparable to yourself, along with another draft selection in Andrew Harris. The prime position of Cal, minutes away from Oracle Arena and less than two hours away from the Sacramento Kings, means that our games are flooded with pro scouts, and you will for sure be noticed if you have success here. I also have a great history in my personal coaching career at getting guys drafted, with double digit first round draft picks and 5 Top 10 picks of my own. Our staff here knows how to get you to the top of that big board Rudy.
Earlier I talked about continuing the California lifestyle here at Berkeley, and let me talk about that some more. Like I said, the warm beaches, beautiful sights, and closeness to your family are things that you won’t be able to experience if you leave the great world of Central California. But let me talk about some new things about the amazing Bay Area. Unlike at Ridgecrest, you will be right on the cusp of a big city, my pardon, two big cities in
That’s all for now from me, Rudy. I hope you had fun on your visit to Berkeley and meeting your new teammates. I hope you take this opportunity to play basketball in the environment you love and come to Cal!
(7) Alphonse Desantis
Georgia Tech offers Alphonse Desantis (7)
Scholarship
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South Carolina offers Alphonse Desantis
Offer rescinded
FSU offers Alphonse Desantis #7
scholarship
school visit
coach visit
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Clemson University offers (7) A. Desantis
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Dear Alphonse,
How are you? I’m SoulDra6, the new Coach for the Clemson Tigers, and I am delighted to offer you a scholarship to play here next Fall. I cannot tell you how excited our new coaching staff is at the possibility of recruiting a player of your caliber. When I walked into my first interview with the A.D here, he asked me to set some short-term goals for the program. I told him that building a Championship caliber team starts with a strong recruiting class and mentioned that a strong recruiting period this year begins and ends with Alphonse Desantis. I want to rebuild the Clemson Basketball program around your immense talent and make you brightest star in the entire NCBCA. Thus, I’d like to use this space to tell you several reasons why I think you’d be a fantastic fit at Clemson University.
One tangible reason is our location relative to your hometown. Besides your obvious skill, I have always wanted you at Clemson because I am in love with the idea of someone from our local area leading our Basketball team’s resurgence. Clemson University is only a two-and-a-half hour drive out of Ellenwood- the perfect distance for a college freshman. I’ve worked with both players who have gotten homesick from being too far from their families as well as those who think that they’re too close to their houses to be independent. Clemson represents the exact, happy medium; far enough from home to become an adult, but close enough that your family and friends can come and cheer you on at home games.
Another factor is the social environment here on campus. Clemson is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We are comfortably surrounded by beautiful mountains, three different lakes, and are a three-hour drive to Charleston, one of the nicest cities in the United States. The Princeton Review calls us one of the “Ten Happiest Schools” in the U.S and also says that we rank #5 in “Town-Gown Relations.” In the short time that I have been here, nearly every student has expressed his or her love for the school and hope that I make the Basketball program even another reason to love it here. And make no mistake- Clemson University fully embraces its “Sports School” label. Nearly every credible college ranking lists our student body as one of the best at packing stadiums for every sporting event. The students, faculty, and alumni all love the Basketball team and want to see it succeed. As one of the stars of our resurging program, you will be treated like a hero on campus.
Still, we need to get to what’s really important: the Basketball itself. You are built to succeed at Clemson. I promise that you will receive the most minutes on the team from your very first game here. Every star needs to play 30+ minutes a game, and as our superstar, you will have the ball in your hands in every important situation. Conversely, our team is also built to support you. Our two returning big men- Earl Hensley and Bryan Castro- are tall, powerful rebounders who are also extremely skilled in Pick-and-Roll situations. I also plan on making strong recruiting pitches to frontcourt players like Glenn Burgess and Peter Ledger; I’m sure you recognize them from your time on the AAU circuit. Both of them are not the kind of players who need the ball in their hands to succeed; rather, they will benefit from playing around a skilled guard who knows how to put the ball in the basket. That player is you.
That brings us to your skillset and how you will showcase your talent to NBL teams while at Clemson. The system that I’m planning to implement this season relies on heavy spacing and the presence of a go-to scorer. This obviously depends on the personnel that we bring to the program before the 2027 season, but I hope to only send out one “true Center” with four other players who can space the floor from 3-point range. I designed our plays with your strengths in mind. I want you to initiate our plays out of the PnR or Iso with your slashing ability as well as take easy shots off the catch. These are your two NBL-ready abilities and should be showcased as much as possible on the college level. I also hope that my system helps you develop passing instincts that will help you in every step of your career. Your sheer speed opens up so many options that most players just aren’t blessed to have. Everyone knows that you can get to the hoop at will, but I think scouts will want to see you have enough awareness to pass into open space when help defenders inevitably need to challenge you in the interior. I will give you every opportunity to develop this skill and I promise that, given enough time and mentorship, you will be a Top 10 pick in the NBL draft that you choose to declare for. I believe that you can be a generational talent and I hope that you give me the chance to help you further your abilities.
So Alphonse, what do you say? College Basketball is a journey that you and I can start together- as partners. I will always go to war for you and work to make you the best player that you can possibly be. I want you to be a superstar. Clemson University wants you to be its superstar. You deserve to be at the program that most highly values your skill and won’t take it for granted. I guarantee that Clemson is that program.
Go Tigers!
Coach SoulDra
Auburn offers Alphonse Desantis
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Georgia offers Alphonse Desantis (7)
Scholarship
School Visit (1/5)
Coach Visit (1/3)
Hello, Alphonse! This is from Georgia's coach, offering you a scholarship. Let's go over what makes UGA such a good fit for you.
We're a 2 hour drive away from you, and i know you want to stay close to home. You may live in an Atlanta suburb, but you can explore away and stay in-state if you come to Georgia, as opposed to seeing the same things that you've seen growing up in the Atlanta area. And we're in-state, as opposed to everyone else except GT offering you. You will almost certainly go pro here, we just haven't had anyone good come to Georgia that'll obviously get drafted, until you come along and progress into a star. I repeat, you will go pro. You will start, as we need a new PF and you're better than any F coming in, and also better than any G, coming in or no. You will be the star of the team from day 1, as long as you progress. You will help us make the NT, and you'll be getting a lot of playing time. I will be loyal to Georgia, i just signed a new contract with them and i wouldn't have done that if i didn't plan on bringing Georgia up to the top, and staying with them. I will be your coach throughout your entire college career. I know you'll make us great, and you'll love Georgia. ~Skarmory.
Miami offers #7 Alphonse Desantis
Scholarship
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(8) Paul Ketner
Michigan offers #8 Paul Ketner Scholarship, School Visit, Coach Visit
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UCONN offers P. Ketner
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Oklahoma offers Paul Ketner (8)
Marquette offers Paul Ketner
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Miami offers #8 Paul Ketner
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(9) Don Zeman
USC offers (9) Don Zeman
Scholarship
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Kentucky offers Don Zeman
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Good day Don!
Glad to be able to sit down with you and discuss the the possibility of you becoming a Kentucky Wildcat this fall! You coming in this season will be a great addition as this will be one of our most talented teams I have ever built throughout my tenure here. Here at Kentucky, we don't play around with minutes when it comes to 5-Star recruits, returning all but one player (Kamari Lands graduated and got selected in the NBL draft this season). You may be hesitant after the previous statement, asking yourself, "If this team is already so talented, how would I fit in and how would I be able to get my minutes?" Well, I have the perfect answer for that question-- You don't have to worry about anything. You will be our starting point guard, no questions asked. Receiving at the minimum 25 minutes. We are very big man heavy and only have one guard in Daniel Greer who would have too much pressure on him in his role as a playmaker and ball handler. If you commit here, it confirms that you will be our primary ball handler and player controlling the offense and I trust you to be the key to the fast breaks and high tempo offense which will lead us to glory this season. You'll be surrounded by very talented players.
So with all of the talent he have on our team, you can trust that you'll not only be receiving a huge role as a part of our team but you would be a part of a team that is capable of contending for a National Championship this upcoming season. We are already solidified as a Top 20 team in terms of talent prior to the the 2028 Regular season and with you and Paul Wilkinson's signatures on the National letter of intent I can promise that we will be in the Top 10/Top 5 range EASILY. We have proven to be a powerhouse over the last few seasons accomplishing what people may have believed impossible after I took the role of the head coach job of this team that went 7-23 missing the NT for the first time ever in NCBCA history. I brought in the 5th best recruiting class in my first season with the Wildcats and that helped us win 22 games that season and making it to the Conference Semi-finals, it was a good start to what would be a historic run with me as the head coach. Kentucky is one of the 8 teams in the whole NCBCA with less then 100 losses. with an All-time record of 263-97 I can promise you that we will hit 300 within the next two seasons. Some other accomplishments? I have never been knocked out of the conference tournament before the Semi-finals, I have been to the Conference Finals four times out of 6 seasons (Never being less than a 2 seed) winning the Conference Title last season. Let's talk about the National Tournament, I have led this team to the National Tournament 5 seasons out of 6, it's very much a tradition for Kentucky to see March Madness. This team has seen the Elite Eight two seasons in a row, the 2026 and this past season. I can promise that we'll be seeing the Elite Eight once again. The goal this season is the Final Four and with the addition of you, it'll bring us there.
Along with the winning, it compliments what Kentucky has stood for for years and years, we are one of the most prestigious schools in the NCBCA. I told you about what we accomplished as I was here but that's only half of it. Before I took over Kentucky made National Tournament 5 times, the Elite Eight, a Final Four, made the Conference Tournament Finals four times, and most importantly, a National Championship was brought in during the 2019 season against the very strong Indiana Hoosiers team. With all of these accomplishments, it has led this program to have a prestige rating of a 77 tied for 10th with Texas, over schools such as Miami, California, Arizona, Syracuse and many more. I can promise you that we'll see our prestige hit the 80's this season (2028). This would be your best chance at being a part of history and I know that what you would do in a Kentucky uniform will be historic.
Looking for a school that is the right fit for you could be an extremely hard decision and process, and I understand that, but you won't have to worry because I know that for all of my recruits, they deserve a coach that is loyal and dedicated to their players. Well let me tell you, I am one of if not the most loyal coaches in the NCBCA with a loyalty rating of 100 of the Loyalty Index, I have come a long way to gain the trust of my recruits throughout my 10-year coaching career. I have only coached two schools in my whole career, Nebraska and Kentucky. I have coached both schools for 5+ seasons and now that I'm at Kentucky I don't see my self leaving anytime soon. I have made sure that I left the school with something that they deserved. As for Nebraska I have given my all to turn them into a program that would be dominant for three consecutive seasons. Making the Sweet Sixteen thrice, and an Elite Eight, while also securing it's Conference Regular Season and Tournament titles since the 1900s. After my term I felt that I needed to part ways with the Cornhuskers as my dream job opened up: Kentucky. When I moved to Lexington, the players that I have recruited at Nebraska, Isaiah Washington and Armando Merritt decided to pursue a Graduate Transfer and with me being their former coach they trusted me to help them get what they wanted. After the 2022 season they both got selected in the NBL Draft in which I promised them. And that's exactly why recruits chose me to be their head coach, I keep an abundance amount of promises kept and I record them. Here's a
And I know that at the end of the day Education is what every student-athlete is supposed to value. You won't have to worry about a thing when it comes to having a top notch education here in Lexington. We offer around 90 undergraduate programs, nearly 100 masters programs and 66 doctoral programs. UK is rapidly growing its population of international students with around 120 countries represented in its student body with a 17:1 Student Facility Ratio. Some notable alumni are, Martha Lane Collins (1st female governor of KY.; 1984 Chair D.N.C.), Angelo Henderson (1999 Pulitzer Prize winner), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1933 Nobel Prize winner; a pioneer geneticist), Story Musgrave (Space Shuttle astronaut; Skylab RandD) and many more! As a coach that values the education of his players I make sure that they are performing to their best abilities in the classroom. Meaning you will become for intellectual and knowledgeable being with a coach such as my self. Employers will take note of that, academics keep a cushion for you if basketball does not work out (not saying that it won't for you but things could happen.)
Now let me move on to where you will be calling home before you enter the draft, the University of Kentucky's campus is an exciting place to be. Especially being a school that is in love with the game of basketball and I am. UK offers seven main dining facilities, 23 residence halls, and numerous recreation facilities with three different campuses, North, South, and Central. We have 15 libraries where you could focus on your studies peacefully. On the other hand you have the
I hope you found my letter for you to be convincing enough for you to commit to the University of Kentucky, I wish you all of luck and can't wait to hear of your commitment!
Sincerely,
Coach Kyle
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Cal offers Don Zeman (9)
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Dear Don,
I’m the Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team at the University of California-Berkeley and I’d like to offer you a full scholarship for you to take the next step of your basketball career and education at Cal.
The biggest difference between Cal and many of the other basketball heavyweights is the quality of education we offer. Other schools, in addition to being worse overall in the first place, often push their prized athletes through the education system with majors and classes that don’t really compare to the standard rigor of a college degree. That is not the case at Berkeley. First of all, we rank as high as 7th in the NCBCA education rankings, the highest rank for a public school. Secondly, we pride ourselves on recruiting and having athletes who strive not only to succeed on the court, but in the classroom in not fluff classes but competitive programs. For instance, look at one of our prime targets, Jake Matthews. He is a really talented basketball player, earning the #26 overall ranking in this class, but what really separated him from the pack for us was his desire to earn a degree in mechanical engineering, an extremely tough major that Cal has one of the best programs in the world for. Another great example is graduate transfer commit Brandon Short. A graduate from esteemed Duke University (where I used to coach) with honors, Brandon was looking for a university with a top-notch graduate school in which he could continue to stand above the rest in the classroom. Here at Cal, you won’t be surrounded by teammates who view class as a nuisance, or even worse, never go to it (which actually happens at a surprisingly large amount of blue chip programs), but those who seek to uphold both sides of the student-athlete equation at the highest regard.
I talked a lot about how your future teammates are really smart, but now let me talk about how Cal is really, really smart as a whole. Like I said, our #7 NCBCA education ranking is one of the best marks among prominent programs, and the very best mark among public schools. We also have some of the very best engineering (Top 5), law (Top 10), and business (Top 12) schools in the nation. While the vast majority of state schools have very high acceptance rates, and some even accept pretty much everyone without a felony who applies, like Kentucky, a school with a 91% acceptance rate (per US News), Cal is extremely selective, with a 16% acceptance rate (per US News). In addition, those accepted into Cal have an average ACT score of 32/36 and an average GPA of 3.87/4.0. What do these numbers mean? You will only be surrounded by the best of the best at Cal, and you will be constantly challenged to be the best that you can be in the classroom. If you sincerely want to succeed in not just your basketball but academic career as well, Cal is one of the very best places you could go to.
Let’s talk more about the basketball side of things now, specifically your role and how that will lead to a very successful Cal team next year.
This substantial role will likely result in many in the NBL taking notice of you, and Cal is one of the best places to get noticed by pro scouts considering we are right next door to the Warriors and not far from the Kings as well. If you want an example of our success just look at last year, where we had not one but two lottery selections and another draft pick as well. And if you want an example of my success at getting guys to the NBL just look at my Duke tenure, in which 16 of my former players ended up as NBL draft picks, most of which were first rounders. If past precedent is any measure, this school with this coaching staff will certainly get you drafted.
Loyalty is the name of the game for me. I have a perfect 100/100 rating and am in the top tier of loyalty (obviously). I’ve never cut a scholarship player, broken a promise, or broken contract, and since I just signed with Cal this season don’t expect me to leave anytime soon. I promise to you I will be at Cal your entire career. Loyalty is more than that to me though, it is a commitment to my players to help them at every one of their times of need, whether on the court or off it. You are more than welcome to come to me for any problem, even personal or academic ones, during you time at Cal. I prize my personal relationships with my players above all else, and not just the stars but each and every one of them on my teams.
While not prominent at the start of the NCBCA era, Cal has worked its way up to a household name in NCBCA lore. We have a decade-long streak of making the NCBCA tournament, a show of consistent success and winning tradition matched by few even of the blue blood programs. Our prestige ranking of 73 today is already pretty good, a Top 15 mark in the league, but the best thing about it is how much it is an improvement over where we started. Most of the blue bloods today started off the NCBCA era with a very high prestige, and only maintained their rating, or even let it slide a bit. Cal however, started from the bottom at 35 prestige, and now we’re here, due to our amazing body of the work in the NCBCA era including but not limited to that NT streak I just mentioned. With our very strong team next year I described earlier, we are set to write yet another chapter in the harrows of Cal basketball.
Last but not least, let me tell you about how great it is to live in Berkeley. You will be in the middle of not one but two of the greatest metropolises in the US:
Thank you for coming to Berkeley and hosting me, Don. I really think you will be a great fit for Cal with your commitment to winning a ton both on the court and in the classroom, and I think you will have a great time doing it at the center of California life. Best of luck in the rest of your senior season!
(10) Britt Ruiz
Memphis offers Britt Ruiz (10)
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MAY 16, 2027
Britt only wanted a few things out of his college experience - to win, to be able to play right away, to be able to go pro after his college career wrapped up, to have fun off the court, and most importantly, to go to school with a rich basketball tradition. Even in 2027, Memphis was one of the biggest names in college basketball, so naturally we knew we had to pursue this guy. On...
MARCH 11, 2027
Some of the campus life reps, as well as the staff and I, showed him around the U - we sat in briefly on a class he’d likely be attending in the fall, went for lunch on campus, and introduced him to some of the 280+ student organizations he might be interested in joining. He was really into the Penny Hardaway Sports Hall of Fame, especially, which is also right on campus - which made sense since he had a pair of Island Green Foams he wore on occasion.
Afterwards, Britt and I met up with Dennis Mitchell and Mario Campbell of the OKC Thunder, who were in town for a game against the Grizzlies. Dennis was a rookie fresh off an All-American and National Championship campaign at Memphis, while Rio was in year two of his pro career after going to three Final Fours and winning a Natty with Memphis in ‘21. We met up at one of the best BBQ joints in the nation - Corky’s - which was a favourite of Dennis’ at the time, and eventually one of Britt’s as well.
The three of us shot the sh--... sorry - chatted over lunch - and discussed just about everything you could imagine during our afternoon on Poplar. Dennis shared stories from his time celebrating on Beale after both his MWC and NCBCA championship wins. As the 15th ranked city for nightlife in the country (TravelAndLeisure), Beale certainly is the hotspot for great restaurants, bars, and entertainment. Another selling point of Dennis’ decision to chose Memphis was having other pro sports teams in town. He loved to check out Grizz games with Kowen Rowbatham back in the day, and Britt loved the fact that he could continue to follow minor league baseball, being that both Colorado Springs and Memphis host minor league affiliates.
Rio, on the other hand, couldn’t help but reminisce about the success he had on the court, and how he was able to contribute towards the legacy of Memphis basketball. Campbell was a five-year player for the Tigers, red-shirting his freshman year with the team, so he’d had the chance to be around plenty of great teams - three Final Four teams to be exact. In his five seasons with the team, Campbell won no less than 27 games in a single season, good for a total of 138 and a winning percentage of 92%. With an abundance of post-season success to go along with that, Mario was instrumental in helping Memphis go from an up-and-coming program, to a bonafide blueblood, which, as you know, is something we have yet to relinquish until this day. In fact, leading up to Britt’s commitment, Memphis had been the pre-season #1 team for eight consecutive seasons, and had been ranked as the league’s most prestigious team for two straight years. Without a doubt, there were few team nationwide who had the same influence and recognition as we did. For someone who wanted to win, that certainly had a big hand in Britt’s decision to play in Memphis.
When dinner wrapped up, Britt and I headed back home to meet up with the rest of the coaching staff. Actually, Britt was sitting right where you are right now! At any rate, we basically gave him the rundown of all we can offer him at a program like Memphis, as well as some other opportunities that weren’t touched on earlier on in the day. As someone with a concern regarding playing time, we assured him that as long as he was willing to put in the work, he was going to be a starter for us from day one. Having just lost our three starters in the backcourt and on the wings in Hanks, Heinemann and Page to the NBL (where they were all top-10 picks), there were plenty of minutes to go around, and they were Ruiz’s for the taking. Additionally, we addressed Ruiz’s life after Memphis. Having just sent the aforementioned players to the pros, Memphis was certainly a sexy landing spot for any recruit wanting to reach the NBL, but it was really our history of doing so for the past decade that sealed the deal. At that point in time, I had coached 33 NBL basketball players, including 17 who were lottery picks (the same as Duke & Kentucky combined). Ruiz had just watched former Tigers and 2027 All-NBL players, Emoni Bates and Johnathan Lawson - both wings - shine in the playoffs, and had grown up watching R.J. and the Blazers go head-to-head against Shai and the Bulls, and Lindell and the Rockets. The success of Tiger Nation in the pros made us an appealing option for him, and for someone who valued winning as much as Britt did, the fact that Memphis has produced the most NBL Champions of any school in the country certainly didn’t hurt! On…
MAY 17, 2027
DRJ Jr.: YO! Did you see that, Pops?
(11) Rafael Kilgore
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(13) Stephan Beaulieu
Duke offers (13) Stephan Beaulieu
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Stephan, it’s a pleasure to meet you.
You know what North and South Carolina have in common? They’re both states that pride themselves on sports as a means of education. Whether we’re talking about Clemson football, Duke basketball, or Coastal Carolina baseball, we understand the impact that sports can have on our universities. Kids grow up identifying with schools--not multibillion dollar franchises that get miffed and move when the taxpayer doesn’t pay for a stadium--but permanent, longlasting educational institutions that will put them ahead in life even if they’re among the 99% of us who aren’t going to play in college.
You’re not among that 99%. Your skill on the court will earn you a free ride to any university that you want, and it’s a true sign of your character that you want to use that free ride to earn the best degree you possibly can. That’s why I wanted to talk to you about joining the Smartest Team in America, here at Duke University.
We’re recruiting a class of players that places just as high of a value on their education as you do. Players who will push you intellectually, who have a burning desire to develop a deeper understanding of the game, players who want to work harder and work smarter. With you, Bryan Fraga, Jordan Libby, Peter Forman, and Juan Rademacher being our targets, we hope to have a class that will play together, study together, and grow together as we pursue a national title.
Actually, hang on a minute, let’s talk about that. There are a lot of schools that can offer you a great education. There are fewer that can offer you a great education while also giving you a chance to win a ton of games. We return eight players from last year’s Elite Eight-bound team, and all of our guys coming back have a ton of room to grow. James Searcy and Stephen Adame have both grown by leaps and pounds since coming here. Former #10 recruit Willie Cox comes back as well--that wing-post-center combo is one of the most talented returning trios in the country. I’ve already told you about the five guys we’re targeting--including three 5-star recruits and two 4-stars.
I’m aware that it’s going to be hard work replacing the 5 players we lost. It’s also work that I’ve shown a history of being able to do. When I came to Duke from Colorado State, we had 6 open scholarship slots to fill. We got to work immediately, built a frickin’ squad, and made a run to the Final Four. The next year? We made another run to the Final Four. The year after that? We won the ACC. And in year four, we made another run to the Elite Eight. In my career, I’ve won two conference titles, been to four Final Fours and five Elite Eights, I’ve gone to 9 consecutive Sweet Sixteens (the longest active streak in the country), and I’ve been to 10 straight National Tournaments. With the rest of the class we’re going to pull in, this is going to be a really good team. With you, it’s going to be a great team.
And you know that Duke is going to have another great team, because Duke is a great program. It was a great program before I got here, and it’s going to be a great program long after I retire--which will hopefully not be for a long time to come. We are consistently among the premier programs in the nation. As King George sang in Hamilton, “Oceans rise, empires fall.” That’s true for programs that are not Duke. Other programs have a fanbase that ebbs and flows; we have the Cameron Crazies and a sellout crowd every night. Other programs hang a banner when they reach the Sweet Sixteen or finish the season ranked; we hang one for a Final Four or a championship. (And we’ve hung three just since I’ve been here.) Other programs hope to win; we expect to win.
This is not a measure of arrogance. ...Okay, it’s a little bit of a measure of arrogance. But persistent success only comes about from consistently doing things the right way. Prestige is the receipts for the effort that paid for your success. It’s what separates the flashes in the pan from the programs that learned how to build successful habits. Those are habits that will serve you incredibly well in the NBL and beyond--so what better place to nurture those habits than Duke?
The same exact thing is true when it comes to your education. Yeah, that’s right, we just went full circle with this.
Just as basketball prestige can only be built on a solid foundation, so can academic prestige. And man, is Duke academically prestigious. We’re the 2nd-highest ranked NCBCA school in the country according to US News and World Report and the highest-ranked university of any kind in the whole Southeast. There’s a lot of reasons for it, and they all boil down to the fact that we do things the right way. We look for professors who are luminaries in their field as academics--but we also look for people who were successful in the real world but happen to have a passion for teaching. The key, though, is that our professors engage with the students and are happy to provide advice and mentorship. And given that we have a 6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and 5 of every 7 classes are 20 students or smaller, they actually have the time to do that. That’s how education is supposed to be.
Now, I could also throw you some stats about how we’re 2nd among all NCBCA schools on post-degree salary. Obviously you’re going to be playing in the NBL--but the same principles are going to apply to your life and interests outside of basketball. You’ll always want to have the connections that the Blue Devil alumni network brings. Duke alumni are at the top of the game, no matter what the game is--just ask CEOs like Tim Cook, media executives like Sean McManus, or philanthropists like Melinda French Gates. All of them are Duke alumni. You’re too smart a person to only want to do one thing with your life, and there will invariably be a successful Duke alum who wants to help whenever you want to take a step into a new venture. Because that’s part of being a Blue Devil: we always, always, always reach back to help the next generation of Duke grads.
That type of loyalty is something I hold near and dear to my heart. I’m not the type of person to make a ton of promises. But when I do make a promise, you know that I’ll keep it. I’m also not the type of person who sugarcoats or oversells; when I say something, I truly believe it. You can ask anybody who’s ever interacted with me. Not all of them will like my style, not all of them will think of me favorably, but not one of them will ever call me dishonest. And really, I hope you do ask people about the various coaches who are offering you. Ask people you know and trust. That way, when you commit to Duke, you’ll know that I mean it when I tell you this: I expect you to give everything you’ve got to me, to your teammates, and to this program--and in return, I will give everything I’ve got to making you the best player, the best teammate, the best student, and the best all-around person you can be.
And in order to develop on the court, you’ll need to have time actually on the court--and that’s time you will have. We expect you to slot in as a starting guard alongside Bryan Fraga--I think you two would be a great complementary pair on offense and an absolutely terrorizing tandem on defense. Defense is all about communication and intelligence, which shouldn’t be a problem for the Smartest Team in America.
You will also have a lot of fun on Duke’s campus. We have something of a work-hard/play-hard mentality, which means that when everything’s squared away and you just want to cut loose, there’s always something happening. There are parties, of course. The student government also puts on activities like movie nights and midnight breakfasts if that’s not your thing. The city of Durham is chock-full of great restaurants and it brings in a lot of concerts and shows to DPAC.
And Duke is close to home, which is a great added bonus. We’re about a 3.5-hour drive up I-77 and I-85 from Columbia--close enough that you can plan a weekend at home and that your friends and family can easily come up to watch you play, but far enough away that you can maintain your independence.
Stephan, I hope I’ve made my case. We look forward to you joining the Brotherhood next season.
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(14) Greg Somerville
Miami offers #14 Greg Somerville
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(15) Noe Johnson
Memphis offers Noe Johnson (15)
THAT 70'S SHOW
♫ Hanging out, down the street ♫
♫ Hello, Wisconsin! ♫
Eric is sitting on the couch in the basement with Kelso. Fez is walking down the stairs to join them.
ERIC: Fez - what's up buddy?
Red walks downstairs to grab a beer
RED: What are you boys talking about?
Marquette offers N. Johnson
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(16) Anthony Jenson
UCONN offers A. Jenson
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(17) Jack Miller
USC offers (17) Jack Miller
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UCLA offers Jack Miller
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Hi Jack,
I'm the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles' basketball program, and I'd like to offer you the opportunity to come play basketball for the Bruins on a scholarship. We'd be happy to take you on and help you develop into the best player, and person you could possibly be.
In doing research into your career in high school, we know that you are a severe overachiever in multiple facets of your life. From our research, Deming, your hometown, has some of the worst public schools in the state of New Mexico. Deming High School was rated as a 'D' by the state of New Mexico's own rating system, however, one of the biggest successes of the school it that it gets students ready for college. We know that you are extremely ready for the rigors of the 7th rated school in the NCBCA for education. We are offering you a scholarship, plus, if you do decide to leave college early, the ability to return and complete your education whenever you feel like it.
UCLA is not a school focused on a single facet of education, we are focused on making the most complete graduates we can.
Clearly from this short run-down, one would be able to devise that UCLA is the perfect place for someone with varied interests and a deep commitment to learning. We know you want to partake in that learning, and extend the chance to make it, here and now.
Obviously, while Education is something that you care about deeply, we know that as a five star recruit, basketball has been one of the most important things in your life for a long time. At UCLA, what you will find is a program that wants to win, yet needs a few key pieces to make the next step. We feel that you are a piece of that next step, and will be able to put UCLA in a place to win games this year and beyond. Something many people may not realize is that winning games in college puts you in a great place to get drafted into the NBL, and while the wonderful education you will receive at this fine institution would surely set you up for a great career, no matter what path you chose, the NBL is an experience like no other, and, while I suggest taking some classes in the wonderful finance program, the money you could be able to make in the NBL is an enticing offer for anyone on the planet. I won't malign any decision of yours to potentially leave the school early to get paid in the NBL, like I said before we would still give you the opportunity to complete your education at any time if you leave the school early.
I know you don't want to be lectured about loyalty or playing time, so i'll leave off with this: At UCLA, I have dedicated nearly 10 years to this school, and as such, I feel my loyalty is not to be questioned. I have no qualms over players leaving early, however, I do demand players being 100% committed to the program while they are here. It's as simple as this: You are committed to coming to practice, workouts, dieting, and learning the team plan, you get on the floor. Thank you.
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Notre Dame offers Jack Miller (17)
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(18) Archie Ferguson
Michigan offers Archie Ferguson (18)
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NC State offers (18) Archie Ferguson
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(19) Robert Burnett
MSU offers Robert Burnett
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Oklahoma offers R. Burnett (19)
Indiana offers Robert Burnett (19)
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Texas offers Robert Burnett
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Oregon offers Robert Burnett (19)
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(20) David Cross
MSU offers D. Cross
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Indiana offers David Cross (20)
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David,
I’m Staves99, head basketball coach at Indiana University. I’m here today to offer you a full scholarship to come play basketball for our prestigious program. After extensive scouting on the AAU circuit my staff and I are in love with your skill level as well as your seemingly untapped potential. We think that with the proper coaching and development you can become one of the top big men in the country regardless of class. Now, if you don’t mind I’d like to get into why Indiana University is the perfect fit for you and your family.
Located about ten hours from your home in Kansas, Indiana University is not to far from home while still allowing you to experience a different state and environment. Everyone is different, but I know I loved that feeling of getting to know a new area and it’s attractions and people. That close proximity to home I mentioned will allow your family and friends to see you play at Bloomington Assembly Hall or just see you period. This obviously goes both ways as you’ll be able to return home fairly often and visit your family and old stomping grounds. That being said, most students love Indiana so much that they find themselves rarely returning home. Sometimes they even complain about going home on holiday breaks which speaks volumes to our home-like atmosphere and unrivaled campus life.
Part of what makes Indiana University such a draw for students is that they simply find themselves having so much fun that they want to stay in college forever. With over 38,000 happy students and a campus stretched across 2,000 acres, Indiana University is fast paced and almost like it’s own city. Let’s just say 38,000 college kids in one place leads to a whole lot going on. Watching our various D1 sports teams, specifically the basketball and football games is a huge draw for students. The football games at Memorial Stadium are can’t miss as students begin tailgating early in the morning before watching their Hoosiers out on the gridiron. The atmosphere makes me wish I was still in college. The city of Bloomington itself is one of the most heralded small cities in the country. With tremendous restaurants, clubs, shops and natural beauty, the city attracts young people from all over the U.S.
David, playing in the NBL is what many kids grow up dreaming about, but the vast majority come up short in their attempt to play in the league. On the other hand a player of your caliber is firmly on the radar of NBL scouts and will likely only need one or two years of college ball. Due to your hardwork and dedication, you have a truly unique opportunity that countless people would kill for, so why not go with the school that has proven year in and year out that they are THE top destination for student athletes looking to go pro. Since the NCBCA's inaugural season in 2016 Indiana has had 35 prospects drafted into the NBL, seven more than any other school. Out of these 35 amazing talents, 14 were selected in the lottery and 18 in the first round. That's an average of more than three Hoosiers selected each season. It's simple David, if you want to be a top pick you come to Indiana. It's what numerous prospects have done in the past and will continue to do. There are very few programs in the country that can compete with us in terms of pro potential, and our body of work speaks to that.
In my six seasons as a head coach, I’ve recruited and coached eleven players drafted into the NBL. Including six the past two seasons, two of which were lottery picks in Fred Hart and Graham Knox (both bigs with similar skill sets to you). David, I only recruit the best big men and I can honestly say at this stage, your one of the best I’ve seen. We plan on building a system centered around your strengths and executing it game in and game out under the watchful eye of NBL scouts. This strategy worked perfectly with the likes of Ray Grant, Fred Hart, Graham Knox and others and I’m confident it will with you too.
Winning basketball games is simply what we do here at Indiana. We always have and we always will. Since the NCBCA era began in 2016 we have over 300 regular season wins and have won two national championships, both good for best in the country. As countless programs have fallen off the map or been inconsistent, Indiana has remained a model of consistency having never lost more than eleven games in a season or been higher than a six seed in the tourney. There are few other programs in the country that can say that. Last season we made a run to the Sweet Sixteen with one of the youngest team’s in the country and this year’s team returns five freshman from last season, all of which played a significant role. Adding yourself along with a few other big time recruits would undoubtedly make us a top five team in the country.
As you may have heard, prior to arriving at Indiana I coached at Clemson University and lead the program the heights nobody thought we were capable of reaching. This was the first coaching gig of my career and when I arrived at Clemson let's just say things were less than ideal. We had three players returning on the roster, none of which were rated higher than a 32 overall. Fast forward three seasons later and we were 24-6 and in the Elite Eight. This massive rebuild and overhaul was not easy and it took patience, but I feel I was successful in bringing Clemson to places they had never been before. Two seasons later in 2025 we were back in the Elite Eight before losing to the eventual national champion Texas Longhorns by four points. After five seasons I decided to depart Clemson with a 102-48 record while leaving the number one ranked team in terms of pre recruiting talent. You may be wondering why I left Clemson while we were still so talented. Well the answer is because I wanted to coach the best players in the country, guys like you, which is something only Indiana can offer.
One thing I can promise about our program is that you will not find a more loyal group of guys then we have here at Indiana. Each and every player, coach, trainer, etc is fully committed to our program and each other. This loyal culture begins with our coaching staff as we are willing to stick our necks out for each and every single player on the team. Whether you're an All American or the twelfth man, everyone at Indiana is valued and treated the same, which is part of what makes Indiana so special. Personally, I’d like to think of myself as one of the more loyal coaches in the country and my track record supports that. For starters, I’m locked into a four year contract with the school and in 2032 when it expires I plan on signing another long term deal. After that one expires? Another. The point is David, I’m a Hoosier for life. Indiana is not a stepping stone or temporary landing spot for me. It’s my dream job and I promise you I will not only be the head coach the rest of your collegiate career, but the rest of my career. Other acts of loyalty I’ve been known for include awarding walk ons scholarships (I did this twice in the past two seasons), as well as never cutting a player I’ve personally recruited, which is something not a lot of coaches can say.
I’ve said it before David and I’ll say it again, playing college basketball for a prestigious program is unlike anything you can imagine. The atmosphere and media coverage is just simply different with the high profile schools like Indiana and it gets you prepared for the next level. You will not find a program more rich in tradition and winning then Indiana. Since the NCBCA era began in 2016, we have a regular season record of 306-54 as well as two national titles, both of which are the best in the country. That’s an average of 26 wins per season and a national title every five seasons, numbers that no other school can compare to. We also have never missed an NT and have won five Big North conference titles. Yes, that's right we’ve won almost half the Big North conference titles in the NCBCA era. Not too bad, huh?
Good luck with your decision David and Go Hoosiers!
-Staves99 HC Indiana
Missouri offers David Cross (20)
Scholarship
Visits: School Visit (4/5)
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Texas offers David Cross
Scholarship
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Colorado offers David Cross
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Hey David, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me today. I have watched you play on the AAU circuit for a few years, and have always been so impressed with your rare and unique blend of skills. That is why it is my pleasure to offer you a scholarship to come and play basketball here at Colorado. You are our number one priority this recruiting season, and we feel that we can be true national contenders with you on the roster.
David, I want to first talk about the location of our institution in relation to your hometown of Moundridge, KS. We are one of the closest D1 schools to Kansas, and within driving distance, which is a special opportunity for you. This allows your family to have a feasible way of visiting you, and vice versa. Also, when you look at schools within driving distance of you, most of them don’t had a coach, including Kansas State, Colorado State and Kansas. And when you eliminate these schools, it doesn’t leave too many left that are still within driving distance. Also, I can assure you that I will do everything in my power to get at least one game @Kansas or Kansas State, so you can have the true homecoming that you deserve. Because we are located so close to you, your friends and family will be able to come and watch you play. We know how proud they all are of you, and you deserve to show off all of your hard work to them. This would be a truly special experience that not all college athletes get to experience.
Loyalty is also something I think we match up well in. I have heard you want a coach that won’t leave you in the dust halfway through your career and I am certainly someone who has proven that I won’t do that. I have built this program from the ground up, and it would do me no good to just walk away from it now. I am locked into a contract extension that goes well beyond when you would graduate here, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting to a new system halfway through your career. Over my tenure here at Colorado, most jobs in the NCBCA have been open at some point or another, but my name has never even been in any rumors regarding an interview or interest for them. People can talk about loyalty all they want, but I have proven it time and time again. There has been so many coaches who bounce around from program to program every two or three years, and preach loyalty just because they sign a contract at their new school. But , I have proven that I am a man and a coach of my word. Also, I have never broken a promise throughout my entire career as a head coach, and I plan to keep it that way. I like to be straight-up and honest with my players, as that's the only way I can expect the same thing back from them. If you come here I can promise you that I will be here for the next four years, and I have proven my ability to keep promises through my tenure here.
David, we know that you are looking to go one and done, while still having a successful collegiate season, and we can offer you that here. We only lose one player from last season’s 23-7 squad, and return our best 2 players PER-wise.There two make up 2/3 of our famous big three from last year, and they can help us compete with anyone in the country. With your help, we can easily be a national contender right away. We have improved dramatically since I took over as head coach, and plan to continue that trend. Last year we cracked the NT as a 5 seed and went 15-3 in the PCC. We also won the PCC Mountain Tournament and Regular Season title, only losing to a talented Oregon squad in the PCC title game. Other schools may be more worried about planning for the future, but David, we need to strike while the iron is hot, and know that you do as well,
I know going pro is a big deal to you, and I personally have produced many pro players in the past. Unlike other coaches who rely on what pros that their program produced before the were even the coach there, I have shown the ability to produce pros myself. In the last 5 drafts Colorado has had 6 draft picks, all recruited and coached by me. Your game reminds me quite a bit of William Harris, a former Buffalo and current NBL player. William wasn’t quite as high ranked as you, but did have a similar ability to score, rebound and play defense. He was drafted 19th, and with you being a five star version of him I would be surprised to see you go outside the lottery. If you take a look at Harris and the other NBL draftees that I have had you will see that they usually raise their draft position 15-20 spots from their recruiting rank. This shows my ability to identify and develop players, such as yourself.
As far as prestige goes, we are often dismissed, but we have quietly moved into the top half of the entire NCBCA for prestige. Here at Colorado, we are establishing ourselves in the national spotlight, as we have made 5 out of the last 6 NTs. This kind of continued success ensures that we will be a notable name in college basketball for years to come. With guys like Dwight Rush, Joseph Smith and William Harris playing in the NBL, as well as returning first team All-American Francisco Britton returning to school, our program will only continue to become more visible in the near and distant future. Look at the trend in prestige since I started coaching here. It’s been going up, and showing no signs of stopping.
Additionally, campus life here at Colorado is phenomenal. While we may not seem like the biggest party school, we actually ranked number 26 out of every single school in the nation for our party life (according to niche.com). As our first five star signing in who knows how long, you would be treated like a god at these parties, as our students love our athletes. As a university with a larger student body, we are able to offer our students a wider variety of opportunities. These can include clubs, frats and other activities that you can participate in on campus when you're not working out or playing basketball.
Dave, it would be a pleasure and a honor to coach you, but I wish you the best of luck with whatever decision you make. You are a truly remarkable young man and you will do big things regardless of where you decide to go. Best, stepback34
(21) Andrew Koonce
MSU offers Andrew Koonce
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
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Michigan offers Andrew Koonce
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Xavier offers Andrew Koonce
Scholarship
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(22) Carter Hinds
Penn State offers C. Hinds (22)
Scholarship
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Pittsburgh offers Carter Hinds (22)
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Hello, Mr. Hinds
My name is OutsideTrack42, and I am elated to announce that I am offering you a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh.
It is always awesome to see a Pennsylvania-talent making noise in the college basketball world. I would like to make Pittsburgh a PA-college powerhouse and I need someone like you to make that happen. If you look at our roster, twelve of our thirteen players are from the state of Pennsylvania. You would seamlessly fit in the locker room. Upper Darby is only four and a half hour drive away from Pittsburgh. We are more than willing to help you with transportation, rather it is on the road or in the air. We will also make sure to have your family and friends come to the game as often as possible. Just talk to players like John Williams, Joseph Rupp, and William Rodriguez, who all are from your area of Pennsylvania. They will be the first one to tell you that Pittsburgh is basically like home for them.
The best thing about Pittsburgh is that the whole city is your campus. You're not going to be stuck in the middle of nowhere like Penn State. Many students there get sick of dining hall foods, but in Pittsburgh, there are countless variations of restaurants a just five-minute walk away. You grew up only half an hour from Philly, and I can tell you from experience that Pittsburgh is more than capable of replacing the city of brotherly love. Niche.com gave us an A overall grade, with A+ on the athletics and location an A on student life and party scenes. You have not lived until you experience the singing our version of Sweet Caroline, arm-in-arm with your fellow students, at football game. The Cathedral of Learning – Cathy, as we affectionately call it – will catch your eyes instantly. We also offer dozens of unique cultural centers, like the Andy Warhol Museum and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Pitt students get free admission to these and other select museums throughout the school year. Because Pittsburgh is bordered by three rivers, kayaking, sailing and fishing opportunities are plentiful. City buses stop every 10 to 15 minutes on campus, and students can ride public transportation into the city for free with school ID
Do you like music? Pittsburgh has a long history of Jazz, blues, and bluegrass music. Grammy-winning blues guitarist George Benson also came from this city. We even had first all-African American choir in America. If you are into classical, how about world-famous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? If you like rap, I'm sure you heard of 'Black and Yellow' by Wiz Khalifa. Guess where he is from? Not to mention Mac Miller as well.
How about movies? Pittsburgh was the place where they shot 'Dark Night Rises.' The city also teamed up with a Los Angeles-based production company and has built the largest and most advanced movie studio in the eastern United States.
Pittsburgh is genuinely one of the best cities in the world to live in. It is the only city to place top-20 in most livable cities by Places Rated Almanac. It ranked first in the most livable city by the Economist in 2005,2009, and 2011. Pittsburgh has a low cost of living compared to other northeastern U.S. cities. According to the Federal Housing Board, the average price for a 3- to 4-bedroom, 2-bath family home in Pittsburgh for 2004 is $162,000, well below the national average of $264,540. Pittsburgh has five city parks and several parks managed by the Nature Conservancy. It is also a very safe city to live in. Forbes ranked Pittsburgh as having the 2nd-lowest natural disaster risk in the nation for 2009.
Also, Pittsburgh has the most bars per capita in the nation.
Don't forget that Pittsburgh is THE city for sports. You are an athlete, after all. Pittsburgh hosted the first professional football game and the first World Series. The city boasts several professional teams and in 2009 the city won the Sporting News title of "Best Sports City" in the United States. I don't think I even have to tell you what the Steelers have done with the city behind them.
I understand that your ultimate goal is to get to the pros, and I admire that. I believe that I am more than capable of sending you to the pros. I have sent three players to the NBL in the first round. Christian Brown was a top-10 pick. Chris Livingston was also a lottery pick, going 13th overall. William Jeffress was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, who has an affiliated team in the city of Pittsburgh, which would give you much more exposure to the pros. Do you notice a trend? They are all five-star wing players. The track record is undeniable. I even got Kent Snow, who was only here for one season, in the league as well. Also, by playing in a city that has a Philadelphia Sixers affiliate team, it can only get you more exposure. Every kid dreams of playing for their hometown team, and Pittsburgh gives you a direct route to it. I will get you into the league and I promise you will be a first rounder.
Now, to be drafted, you need to play. Some people will view you as a raw project. They might have you come off the bench and unleash you next season. Instead, I believe what they call baptism by fire. If you look at my coaching history, I've given plenty of young, raw freshmen starting minutes. While we have a pair of solid wings on the team, but I promise you will start over them. I promised the likes of Daniel Jorge, Will Robles, Christian Brown, William Jeffress, Chris Livingston, and Tommy Cook that they would start immediately, and they started every game of their career in Pittsburgh. Christian Brown, William Jeffress, and Chris Livingston - all finished top-10 in the NCBCA in minutes per game, with Brown topping the league in minutes in his lone season and William Jeffress coming in third place in his lone season as well. Again, do you notice a trend? They are all five-star wings who came to Pittsburgh. You will not be redshirted your first year. I've given plenty of raw players chances to shine, like Will Wheeler and Robert Mobley, who started right away despite not being so raw coming out of high school. So my question to you is, are you capable of the heavy load that you desire? I hope you are up for a challenge.
However, being a Pittsburgh Panther is more than just being a basketball player. You need the proper education to be a complete person. Here at Pittsburgh, you can achieve that. We are in the top-half of the NCBCA in education. We are ranked top-50 in engineering in the nation and 24th best public school, according to US News. We are also ranked top-30 in kinesiology and nursing. Niche.com ranked us as the 47th best college for student-athletes in America, out of over a thousand schools. Our School of Medicine is fantastic regarding research. as the institution receives one of the highest amounts of funding from the National Institutes of Health. We are also not bound by traditional classroom setting, as students in Arts and Sciences majors can earn hands-on credits in internships, research and teaching with the help of the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. You will be important here, as the student-faculty ratio at University of Pittsburgh is 15:1, and the school has 41.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92 percent. We believe that Pittsburgh can offer you what you want as an educational institution.
Winning-wise, this is the make-or-break year for Pittsburgh. I've achieved five winning seasons during my time at Pittsburgh, and last year was the closest we have come to make the National Tournament, ending up in first four out. We had big wins over the course of last season - including UConn, who was the 2-seed, Georgetown, and Virginia Tech - both tournament teams. We were a young team that was looking for consistency. With only one player leaving the program and everyone else maturing and developing one more year, I can only imagine what kind of season we will have. If you commit to Pittsburgh, I promise a National Tournament appearance in your first year.
While our prestige is low, we are ahead of Penn State in that matter. Also with the plan to hit twenty wins and an NT appearance, we are sure to see the uptick in that department as well.
Mr. Hinds, I thank you for your time and hope to see you on campus soon. I wish you nothing but luck in your career.
/s/OutsideTrack42
Virginia offers Carter Hinds (22)
Scholarship
School visit (2/5)
Coach visit (2/3)
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(23) Malcom Griffin
Miami offers #23 Malcom Griffin
Scholarship
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(24) William Smith
FSU offers William Smith
full scholarship
coach visit
school visit
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Auburn offers William Smith
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South Carolina offers William Smith
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Hello William, I'm the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks and we are happy to award you a scholarship for all your hard work that you've put in to this point. You're one of the best players in the nation and will certainly field a lot of offers, but I'm going to convince you why our offer is the one you shouldn't refuse.
Playing Time
Getting on the court is very important, and we plan on playing you a lot, even as a freshman. You're clearly talented enough to get some time anywhere you go, but for us you will be an immediate starter and play roughly 30 minutes/game as a true freshman. You're going to be one of our most important players (if not our most important) next year because we are pretty thin on big men and we need players to score inside as well as get rebounds and protect the rim, all things you are very good at. We are going to put you in as good of a position to succeed as anyone and we want you to show off your immense talent very early.
Location
You also want to stay pretty close to home, and we are close enough for your parents to not only come to some home games, but our schedule (being in the SEC) we're going to play a lot of games near your hometown of Clarksville over your career. Schools like Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Missouri, and others are all relatively close to your hometown and we will play them all at their arenas multiple times in your college career should you stick around a couple years. Another reason you should feel comfortable about moving a little farther away from home than you might like is because our students are going to fall in love with you as well. Our students and fanbase have a passion for all sports and they take a lot of pride in this program, so they are going to treat you as well if not better than any other school you could possibly choose. They will be the first ones to congratulate you on a good game or cheer you up after a bad one. They are truly the best fans in the country and they will make sure you are taken care of here. So even though Columbia, SC isn't super close to Clarksville (and it's still not that far away being under an 8 hour drive away) it won't feel like it with our schedule hovering around your hometown.
Loyalty
I'm going to be at South Carolina for a long time. I want this program to be great with players like you. I would not make a promise I can't keep and I promise to give you no less than 29 minutes/game in your time as a Gamecock. I know you're talented enough and I know you've got the potential to be a special player even beyond college so I want to be there for you and help you develop as not only a basketball player but as a man, and that's what really separates me from other coaches. I'm going to be hard on you sometimes, no doubt, but I want the best for you and I will always try to keep your spirits up and make sure you're comfortable and happy when you're here. I'm going to be by your side and cater to your needs during your entire career here and I hope that means as much to you as it does to me.
Campus Life
The University of South Carolina has a great party scene, it's got plenty of fraternity and sororities to party with as well as a great bar scene. We have gorgeous campus and you can enjoy our football games at beautiful Williams-Brice Stadium, where you will notice our dedicated fanbase (not just exclusive to football either, they want you to win on the court as well). As stated before, our students will love you and will love to party with you, so you shouldn't have any problem finding a party to go to on a Friday or Saturday night. It's gonna be difficult for you to be bored at a campus that is so active and lively, and we know you will have a ton of fun here.
Pro Potential
Our program hasn't produced a lot of pros, because they have not had a good coach that has been able to bring in elite talent or develop anyone to become a potential pro. I'm different, though. I'm going after you because I know at some point you will be drafted, potentially as a first rounder, but only if you come to South Carolina where you will be given every opportunity to succeed and show off all of your talents. We will make it a point of emphasis to help you get to the NBL and to help prepare you for anything and everything the pro game will throw at you. No other school will be able to commit to preparing their players for the pros like we will, they will all have multiple other guys they're trying to get drafted instead so they won't put in the time that we will to help you. I know we've only had 2 NBL players in recent memory but I believe that if you come here you can help start a line of players from South Carolina that were not just drafted but were able to make a major impact at that level.
I know you're a fantastic talent, and I know you can help turn this program around when you come here. You're going to come in right away and play well, contend for the SEC Freshman of the Year, help this program go from arguably the worst in the NCBCA to one of the best, prepare for the NBL and leave whenever you feel ready, and you'll have nothing but a great time here at the University of South Carolina. I can guarantee you all of those things if you come here and potentially more. I'm excited for you to make your decision but I do feel confident in saying that no other school will be as beneficial for you and your future as this school will.
Indiana offers William Smith (24)
Scholarship
Pitch TBA
(25) Herbert Barrows
MSU offers H. Barrows
Scholarship
TBA
Marquette offers H. Barrows
Scholarship
School Visit
Coach Visit
Pitch TBA
Rescind
Wisconsin offers Herbert Barrows (25)
Scholarship, School Visit, Coach Visit
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Xavier offers Herbert Barrows (25)
Scholarship
School visit
Coach visit
Hey Herbert! How's it going? I'm Youhad Onejob, Headcoach of the Xavier Musketeers. Firstly, I am here to congratulate you on your graduation! You were excellent on the court in high school, and I am sure you also are in thr classroom. You're one of the best high school players I've seen in Wisconsin!
For more than a season now, I have kept close tabs on your play and development as a player. I've seen you grow, improve, and dominate. I was also able to see what you could be in a Xavier Uniform. I am excited to see you as a part of this team Herbert, and with that, I offer you a scholarship to Xavier University. Together, I am sure that we will achieve great things, and help each other.
When you commit to X, it will be quite a historic day. You will be the firsr five star prospect to commit to a program. You will be able to to make history here at Xavier immediately as our immediate most talented player. When you come in, you are the most talented player in the roster. With Xavier, you are destined for fame in stardom. There will be many moments where you will put your team on your back. There will be an abundance of minutes and shots. With only one scholarship wing on this roster right now, you will be able to make a huge mark in this rapidly rising program. Like I said, you will enter the team as a starter and its most talented player. You won't just be a legend here, you will be THE legend of his program. The first of many and the greatest.
While you will be our best player, it doesn't mean that this team isn't ready for winning. This team has won already. We have won 18 games last year in only my second season here. With 4/5 starters returning for the upcomming years, this team will continue winning. To add to that, there isn't many coaches better than me at winning. I am a winner of over 250 games, a number that puts me in the top 5 of alltime NBL coaches. I have also guided 3 squads that have won this conference's tournament. I have transformed this Xavier program into a winning one as quick as you could imagine. This team was barren when I came here. No tournament appearance for over a decade. A team that is considered one of the joke programs of this league. No pros in around a decade. To add to that, our educational facet is also disrespected. Yet here we are. No base to build on, but results came as early as this. I'm sure you're unfamiliar with my work, I am certain you watched me build and coach the Wisconsin program when you were young.
We are returning multiple weapons who will help you in your conquest for wins. At the frontlines are Jeffrey Kulik and Patrick Wolfe. Jeff can dominate defense and rebounding inside, while Pat brings scoring and also rebounding. You will also have multiple shooters to help you get open looks, such as Martinez, Farrior, and Lewis. With a few guys joining the team this offseason, this Xavier team is ready to win even more.
When you commit to me, you will be committing to a coach that has a great reputation in player development, in the NCBCA and in the NBL. By committing to me, you will be taking a massive step towards one of your goal, which is to make it to the big leagues. The playes that I've helped sent to the next level speaks of my prowess. I have sent arond 25 players to the league that was drafted. Headlining that list of guys is Romeo Langford, Jalen Suggs, and Cristian Varela. This factory of NBL talent that I own is as strong as ever. In the last draft, I helped another player get drafted in William Stanley. Some regarded him as a prospect that is too old. But I helped him overcome that stain in his stock. Xavier will receive a boost in their NBL profile with my help, just as I did in Indiana and in your hometown Wisconsin.
One of the headliners of the list is Romeo Langford. As you know, Romeo is a wing like you who is tearing up the league's defenses. He has gotten into a few All-NBL teams, and has earned close to 150 million dollars. Romeo was a 5 star prospect like you, but he didn't join my team as a flawless player. Romeo was judged to be a lackadaisical defender and an underwhelming outside shooter. With my and his hardwork, those flaws vanished in the course of one offseason. He averaged over two steals and became one of the best shooters in the team during his lone season. He got drafted 7th overall, and the rest was history. Another one of those guys is Jalen Suggs and Matt Hurt, the Minnesotan duo. Jalen entered as one of the most talented, athletic, and unpolished players I've ever coached. Jalen and Matt got drafted 3rd and 25th overall respectively. Within his rookie deal, Jalen won a chip, together with a finals MVP award. He is also an All-NBL teamer, while the wing Matt Hurt has carved out a solid career. These are all bluechip prospects like you, but this coaching team can make it work no matter the ranking. Guys like Rich Allen, Ulysses Jaeger, Charles Martin, and Joseph Lewis weren't even in the top 50 of their recruiting classes, yet all of them got drafted. We work magic even with raw players, even our walkon in Indiana, Arthur Rodriguez, got drafted. I brought over the first OAD in Wisconsin's history, I won't be surprised if you are the first one for Xavier.
Indiana offers Herbert Barrows (25)
Scholarship
Pitch TBA
(12) Donald Webber
Georgetown offers (12) Donald Webber
Scholarship
Coach Visit
School Visit
Hello there Mr Webber,
I am excited to extend an offer to you to play for the Georgetown Hoya starting this next season. Growing up less than an hour away from DC, I am certain that you know about the impact that Georgetown plays on the town and the surrounding area, and I am certain that Beltsville is no exception.
Should you attend Georgetown, you would essentially be playing for your hometown team. We are roughly 33-40 minutes away from Beltsville, so you could theoretically commute to college each day (depending, of course, on factors like whether you would like to commute or stay on campus and when you would like to take classes). Regardless of how you choose to live during your time at Georgetown is the fact that you will be treated like a king while playing for Georgetown. Besides all of your family and friends being able to see every home game without having to pay ridiculous amounts of money for travel expenses, all of your classmates, teachers, neighbors and the like get the opportunity to see you play too. These are the people who have seen you grow up since you were a small kid, playing on the same parks and rec teams as you, sharing the same joys and pains as you throughout school, and countless more experiences that are many of these individuals (and likely you too). So, many years down the line, these individuals will tell their kids and their grandkids about how they saw and lived alongside THE legendary basketball player Donald Webber. I mean, you will be the talk of your town for decades with your accomplishments in college and beyond, and through playing in DC your legend will only be compounded and be even larger than life than otherwise.
With your pro potential by attending Georgetown, we offer you an outstanding opportunity to be playing in front of NBA scouts each and every gameday. The Hoyas play in the Capital One Arena, the same building that the Washington Wizards play in. What this means for you is that every gameday you get to live the life of a NBA star despite being only in college. You get to suit up in the same locker room that all of your local NBA team’s players have since the arena was constructed in 1997. You also will get to warm-up and play all of your home games before NBA sized crowds and atmospheres. However, the most significant thing about this is that you will have the Wizard’s scouts and executives at the vast majority of the home games because you will be playing where they work and live, something that the vast majority of other schools all around the country cannot offer you. These individuals can easily watch you play at any moment in time, and when you impress these scouts, all the other ones will notice too, and you will become one of the hottest commodities in the NBL draft. In terms of pros drafted from Georgetown in the NCBCA era, they are lacking for the moment. Yet many of the players that you will be playing with when you attend Georgetown will be NBL stars alongside you, such as Milton Hall and Adan Meeks (both are over 70 overall, and the rest of the starters are above 60 too). In terms of NBL pros that I have coached, Daniel Rotella and Nathan Silvers are both in the NBL at the moment, and they were both the game changing kind of players just like you are, so I am absolutely certain that I will be able to make you into a better player than either of those two and that you will be a star in the NBL.
With playing time, you will be a starter for us for however long you decide to stay with us. We understand that you have had issues with drugs in the past, and I understand how difficult it can be to overcome those urges to experience highs off drugs, which is why I will let you know right now that if you are suspended at any time for drugs we will never give up on you and you will be our starter whenever you are eligible to play. However, this is not us condoning these habits as these may have major implications on your future and could actually cost you your opportunity at a successful NBL future. We will let you handle yourself for the time being, but should you get a suspension for drugs we will suggest that you enroll in one of the many rehab programs in DC to help you stay clean to help secure your bright future.
In terms of winning, Georgetown has been on a major upswing over the last three years. Thanks, due to the amazing talents of AllTheHolloway, our Hoyas have made three straight NCBCA tourneys, went to the SEC tourney semifinals twice and finals once, and have had three consecutive 20+ win seasons. This team is also listed as a preseason AP top 25 team based on the returning talent that we have (an AP rating of 15), meaning that we are slated for major success, especially considering how that rating was only off of a seven-player roster that we currently have. With my track record as a winning coach, I turned around a Virginia Tech team that was on the brink of being obsolete and made them into a NT team despite being in arguably the hardest conference in the league in only two years before I had to step away due to unforeseen circumstances.
This stepping away has affected me loyalty wise, but it should not alarm you that my loyalty is below what many other coaches have since I have adjusted my irl schedule and have a better understanding on what amount of a workload I can take on while still being successful. Simply put, with life shit happens, but after experiencing it once I will not make that mistake ever again, and I plan on staying in Georgetown for a very long time, which is likely until I retire (most definitely after my second contract with the university). With that said, my current contract has me at the university for three years and an option of the fourth, which I would only exercise to get a new contract with the university.
With prestige, Georgetown has seen a 16-point increase in only three years, one of the fastest growing prestige rates in the NCBCA which will only continue while you are here. Georgetown currently sits at a position of 38 overall in the NCBCA, but I promise you that we will be at a better prestige rating by the time you leave than when you entered. This will be done with us achieving major success in the NT tourney and in the CT tourney with the leadership you will provide.
Education wise, Georgetown is ranked 6th in the nation, and has been such a prestigious school for decades, as seen through it being referenced in the first season of a hit TV show at the turn of the millennia, The West Wing, as the school of choice for the President’s daughter. Georgetown offers very unique opportunities for you to succeed in a variety of disciplines, most notably Political Science, which is granted due to our location in the nation’s capital (this would provide you great opportunities to intern in government if you’d desire). Opportunities are also great for sports management, and we can use our connection in the Athletic Department to the many sports teams who play at the Capital One Arena and get you opportunities to shadow them at their work and intern for them during summer (should you desire). Beyond that, we are ranked number 4 in terms of international business by US News and have an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, allowing you to have great opportunities for classroom success.
With life on campus, you will benefit majorly from the many attractions of Washington DC. You can stroll around the national mall and visit all of the monuments and memorials if you’d care for a calm day of staring in awe at our nation. You can meander in the Smithsonian museums, taking, learning, and appreciating all the information you will experience in any of its 19 museums, such as my favorite museum: The National Air and Space Museum. You can take time to slow down and appreciate all the trivial things in life at the many parks and trails around the university, such as the Capital Crescent Trail, Theodore Roosevelt Island, and the West Potomac Park to name a few. You can also attend professional sporting events ranging from baseball to basketball to hockey while at Georgetown, a very lucrative commodity that only a handful of other universities can offer. DC has so many other little secrets that I physically am unable to list them all for you to look at, and that is what makes this such a wonderful city to live in for school: each new day can be a new adventure for you to experience.
With all that said, I hope to hear back from you soon, and I look forward to seeing you achieve wonderful things in the future.