The recruiting insanity of the last couple of weeks was pretty much guaranteed to produce at least one ridiculous story, and this one appears to be it. 2012 forward Devonta Pollard (who you got to know here) is a Kentucky target and one of the best players in the country. He is versatile and an explosive athlete, but one person he apparently still couldn’t shake was his mother, when she took him out of a recent AAU game herself and sent in a sub. No, she is not a coach. Yes, on the parental embarrassment scale this probably outranks the time your mom licked a napkin and wiped your face in front of all the kids at school.
The matter is magnified by the number of major D-1 coaches in attendance, including Kentucky’s Kenny Payne along with Rick Barnes, Kevin Stallings, Mark Gottfried and others. Of course, it’s unlikely she’d be able to add a clause to his letter of intent that would allow her to do this in college, so they probably won’t have to worry about her. The real question about this situation is, what if Alex Legion’s mom had known you could do this? Is there any doubt she would have taken it all the way and just snapped the clipboard out of Clyde’s hands to start drawing up inbound plays? Then again, that might not have been all bad.
You can read a more detailed account of the story at Yahoo!, and here’s a video from the game, although you can’t see much of the actual incident. You can see a lot of coaches and some footage of Pollard looking like the #6 player in the country, though.
[**Update – According to Pollard’s Twitter, the Yahoo! report is not accurate and his mom took him out of the game because he was holding his chest and asked to be taken out. So there you go.