“See? This is as wide as I can open my mouth! I’d make a terrible shark!”
Adam Zagoria, trusted source and personal friend of mine (I think he Tweeted me once), recently took a look at the recruiting situation for the 2013, and how the landscape is likely to change now that Cal finds his schedule suddenly open.
For those of you who were following along, you know that Cal’s Dominican Republic team (featuring high school talent Karl Towns, Jr.) was one game away from being a part of the 2012 Olympics. However, consecutive losses at the end of the campaign will keep the squad from heading to London. According to Zagoria, that’s bad news for the Dominican Republic, and worse news for college coaches nationwide.
As Zagoria, and Twitter user @UK_MJ (nice work), put it, it’s time to “Cue the ‘Jaws’ music.”
After one last exhibition game, Cal will be free to prowl the recruiting waters, and will no doubt “start assembling another Murderer’s Row recruiting class to come to Lexington in 2013.” Already on the list? James Young, Jabari Parker, the Harrison twins, Julius Randle, Chris Walker, and possible re-classifier Andrew Wiggins. Obviously, there are a lot of targets to keep up with, and now that Cal has a little more free time, you have to think it will be easier to keep track of all these talents, and get a personal look at their games.
But honestly, I’m not sure that Cal wouldn’t be able to successfully recruit these guys had he been further involved in the Olympics. After all, he’s done well with them so far, even with his busy schedule. Who’s to say he couldn’t have gotten his dream lineup from that group AND competed in London? The idea that the DR loss is a tremendous boon might be something of a misnomer. I’m confident enough in his recruiting ability to say that he could land a great class blindfolded, or worse, with a limited texting plan. There might be a slight increase in effectiveness in the coming months, as these young guys will get to see Cal courtside at their games, but I think they’d have understood his slightly prolonged absence if he’d had the Games to worry about.
So while the loss may incrementally help UK’s recruiting, I wouldn’t quite call it a blessing in disguise. What’s important to Cal is important to us, and he clearly wanted to take this team to the Olympics. I don’t think being happy they lost is the right response. However, now that it’s over and in the books, it is important to look at the bright side, and Zag’s article is a nice little headstart on that.
And speaking of headstart, I hope the other coaches have enjoyed theirs. Because their fun and games are likely now over.
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