Crazy stuff college coaches tell elite basketball recruits

Crazy stuff college coaches tell elite basketball recruits


Crazy stuff college coaches tell elite basketball recruits


There’s a running joke among elite high school basketball players that college coaches “probably just change the names and forward the same texts,” according to Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) senior forward Aaron Gordon.

He would know. The No. 6 overall prospect in the ESPN 100, Gordon has caught coaches double-dipping with their sales pitches.

“I had a school tell me that if I came there I’d definitely be Player of the Year, but then I talked to my friend and he told me that they told him the exact same thing,” said Gordon, who’s being courted by the likes of Kentucky, Arizona and Stanford. “I don’t know how we’re both going to be Player of the Year.”

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Gordon says he can’t help but laugh at instances like that. He’s certainly not the only elite player to find out that coaches seem to have the same plans for others.

We caught up with a handful of elite recruits to find out what college coaches told them (and their friends):

Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep Academy (Arlington, Texas)
Point Guard, Uncommitted
“Me and a few of my friends laugh about it all the time. This one coach told me that I could have the ball in my hands at all times, but then I found out he told one of my friends the same thing. I’m thinking, ‘How can we both have the ball?’”

Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas)
Forward, Uncommitted
“They all say the same things. All of them. You can almost say it with them after a while. But that’s their job, so I understand. The funny thing for me is hearing that they tell another player he’s the priority in the class when they told me the same thing. We just laugh about it.”

JaQuel Richmond, Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.)
Point Guard, Uncommitted
“One coach told me that he’d let me control the ball at all times, but then I know he told another player the same thing. I know we both can’t control the ball at all times. It’s crazy.”

Marcus Lee, Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.)
Forward, Uncommitted
“I had a coach tell me that I would be their main guy, no question. That got me pretty hype at first, but then when I heard that other guys were hearing the same message from the coach I was like, ‘Ah man.’ It used to bother me that coaches do things like that, but now I understand that it’s all a part of the recruiting game.” 


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