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KSR’s Guide to College Basketball Recruiting Styles


Cal and crew with Julius Randle

After getting an insider’s look at the recruitment of Julius Randle from USA Today’s Jason Jordan, I decided to compare and contrast the recruiting styles of the top coaches in the game today. I broke each coach’s recruiting style down by “Swag level,” notable quotes, and trademark moves.


JOHN CALIPARI
Swag level: 10/10
Quotes on Cal: “Cal is just, well, Cal. He’s just got swag. I mean he had a driver.”
“Coach Cal carries himself like what he’s done sells itself.”
“Cal >>>>>>”
Trademark moves:
– Lots of hand movements to show off new championship ring
– Shows pictures of himself and UK celebrity fans (Drake, Jay-Z, LeBron, etc.) to family on iPad
– Has a driver (with a hat)
– Laid-back vibe, lets success speak for itself
– Pays attention to details (e.g., having red velvet cake, Julius Randle’s mother’s favorite, at a dinner during his visit)


ROY WILLIAMS
Swag level: 5/10
Quotes on Roy: “Coach Williams is this laid-back guy who’s like your dad and you just feel so comfortable talking to him”
Trademark moves:
– Notorious “one upper” who piggy backs off what other coaches have done (see “Box of 30 rings”)
– Brings his own Coca Cola
– Likes to talk about fishing and old time rock and roll
– Said academics wouldn’t be an issue
– Mentions the “J word” (Jordan, UNC’s most famous alum) often
– Penchant for argyle (again, like your dad)


BILL SELF
Swag level: 6/10
Quotes on Bill: “He was just really direct. I respected that.”
Trademark moves:
– Honest and upfront “straight talker”
– Makes it clear he won’t be your friend–he’ll be your coach
– Touches his hair a lot
– Offers to take people for a ride on his Harley
– Seems to have a “wild side”


TOM CREAN
Swag level: 3/10
Quotes on Crean: “He calls me a lot. A whole lot.”
Trademark moves:
– Famous for his frequent and typo-laden texts
– Very excitable (keep fragile objects out of reach)
– Willing to promise you a scholarship even if he doesn’t have one
– Honestly, kind of creepy
– Really likes peach cobbler


MIKE KRZYZEWSKI
Swag level: 8/10
Quotes on Coach K: “Coach K is just awesome. You can’t help but to buy in to everything he’s telling you.”
Trademark moves:
– Mentions his experience as the head coach of the Olympic team often
– Doesn’t mind if you can’t spell his name
– References relationships with LeBron and Kobe
– Lets you touch his gold medal
– Arrives in a white stretch limo (how retro!)


RICK PITINO
Swag level: 6/10
Quotes on Rick: “Coach Pitino was very smooth, talked about building Louisville into a Final Four program. He focused on how this was the year UofL would finally beat UK.”
“Coach P is cool, said I should be prepared for a lot of hard work. He also said something to my mother about double checking our insurance policy. I didn’t really get that.”
Trademark moves:
– In and out in 15 seconds

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

22 Comments for KSR’s Guide to College Basketball Recruiting Styles



  1. John Wall
    4:17 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Is it against the NCAA to buy his mother a flat screen?



  2. sc
    4:18 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    wow realy cool a 15 second joke. matt was right that s.h.it is old and isnt funny at all



  3. DB11
    4:22 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    “In and out in 15 seconds” was destined for this post



  4. Second
    4:27 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I second the second post. Time for some new material.



  5. Look Out Fireworks!
    4:30 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I third the second post.

    All in favor?



  6. heardthat
    4:32 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler you try WAY too hard to be funny..



  7. Musehobo
    4:37 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Not bad Tyler. I would have included that Pitino writes his scholly offers in invisible ink, and with injury clauses. You do not want to get hurt on his team, you may never play again…even if you recover.



  8. CatBlue in LR
    4:37 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Please be very careful with pictures like this. This smells like a secondary violation.



  9. Musehobo
    4:38 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    And on a not-funny note. How awesome is Cal that he is a players-first coach. Does ANYONE else even have the balls to say that to recruit. The best part is, he means it too.



  10. Musehobo
    4:39 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    ^Apparently I am unable to use question marks when they are needed.



  11. asdf
    4:58 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Coach K also can offer recruits a “get out of NCAA jail free” card.



  12. Tom
    4:58 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    The 15 sec jokes will never get old



  13. bigblue
    5:00 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I am a UK fan but the posts on this site are so homer it is not funny. Everytime an review is put out, it is a guarantee that UK will be first. Are you really telling me that Calipari is better all-time recruiter than Coach K? Coach K is one of the best coaches of all-time and I HATE Duke, but hell if you are going to put out stuff at least be realistic.



  14. RealCatsFan
    5:07 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Geesh, some of you guys took a wrong cyber-turn on the way to Card-Chronicle.

    What in the H-E-double-hocky-sticks is Self wearing in that picture? Is he trying to be the pimp daddy? Please tell me that is some kind of Halloween costume, and he is not actually visiting a recruit wearing that! On second thought, he should show up nicely if he decides to go for a jog late at night.

    And I have to say, that picture of RP will never get old.



  15. BigBlueWest
    5:09 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    #13, is this your first time to KSR? The posts are “so homer” b/c this is a KY fan site (see “most ridiculous manner possible”). Lighten up.



  16. Chicago Chris
    5:13 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure these two bullets can coexist: “Shows pictures of himself and UK celebrity fans (Drake, Jay-Z, LeBron, etc.) to family on iPad” and “Laid-back vibe, lets success speak for itself”



  17. Claw
    6:02 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    You have Swag with a capital S Mrs Tyler T. Never a dissapointing post. Oh, there was that once.



  18. Me
    6:56 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Did richie farmer sell Julius randle a tv?



  19. bluefan
    6:57 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    15 seconds – never gets old – never will.
    Nice post, Mrs T.



  20. UK Freshmen
    9:19 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Oh! Another 15 second joke. That’s just hilarious.



  21. Keep it Real
    9:28 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    15 second jokes will never get old. Keep it real and tell all the 15 second jokes you can.



  22. fact checker
    9:51 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    K does not have a gold medal. Only the players. I can’t stand to think that he would.