The first July evaluation period has wrapped up. As we discussed in our July primer, this month is all about scouting. This past weekend had major events from all three shoe companies, all within a few hours of each other, so every D-1 coach in America was working hard in Georgia and South Carolina. With five open scholarships projected available for the rising senior class, no July period has ever been this important for our staff (typically we only have 1-2 still open by this point). We feel our June roster needs analysis is still valid, meaning the staff is evaluating players for every position on the floor. So what were our coaches up to?
(Note, when discussing recruits, I'm using the Rivals rankings today, since they've published the most recent update and capture progress through the June camp circuit.)
1) Keeping the fires burning
Priority #1 was to check in with the staff's existing recruiting targets; players with current offers and recent serious staff...