(Just a photo; I don’t know if Shabazz was surveyed)
ESPN Recruiting spoke to 25 of the top 100 players in the ESPNU 100 about illegal benefits, coaches lying and what draws them to certain schools. The players were assured anonymity in the survey, so the answers are (or should be) completely honest.
Here are a few of the questions and answers that stood out to me:
Have any schools offered you cash or other illegal benefits?
“One day I was working out in the gym with my dad, and some guy who was a booster came over, and he basically offered my dad $100,000 for me to go there.”
How often do coaches lie during process?
Some of the time: 14
Most of the time: 8
“It’s like talking to a used-car salesman sometimes. That’s the challenge of the process, weeding out those who tell you what you want to hear and those who tell you what you need to hear.”
What’s the best reason to sign with a school?
Will best prepare you for the NBA: 6
Offers best chance to win an NCAA championship: 4
Offers best combination of athletics/academics: 10
Combination of getting ready for NBA & winning NCAA championship: 4
Coaching staff: 1
Read the entire survey on ESPN.com.