In this new weekly feature, we will analyze the top stories in the recruiting world each week and will break down what it means from stories about spectacular performances to recruiting updates and more. This week, we will take a look at Kentucky head coach John Calipari‘s message to high school basketball recruits, more star players on the move from high school to high school and injury updates on some elite prospects.
One Elite Prospect Joins Another. Class of 2012 small forward T.J. Warren (#47), one of the standouts at the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp, transferred to Brewster Academy (New Hampshire) Wednesday along with class of 2011 shooting guard Aaron Thomas, who is taking a post-grad year, to join class of 2012 power forward Mitch McGary, one of the fastest rising prospects this summer. Brewster featured many talented prospects last year which includes class of 2011 small forward Jakarr Sampson (#44 — St. John’s), so you can see what part of the draw is. Warren is transferring from Word of God Christian Academy (North Carolina) and also considered one of the top high school programs in 2010-2011 in Oak Hill Academy (Virginia). In addition to McGary, this duo is joining class of 2013 small forward Deonte Burton (Watch List).
Calipari’s Holiday Present. Kentucky head coach John Calipari wrote an article Friday for his website debunking five myths that are commonly believed about the recruiting process among other topics. While he definitely gave some noteworthy pieces of advice to up-and-coming high school basketball players, he also (not surprisingly) slid some notes into every paragraph pushing Kentucky. The argument that he made that I agree with the most is that prospects can and should focus on academics as well as athletics. One of my favorite sayings is: “There’s a reason student comes before athlete in the phrase student-athlete.” Simply put, without the former you can’t have the latter.
One thing basketball players need to realize is that basketball can only get you so far and you can’t play it you’re entire life. According to data from the 2007-2008 season, the average basketball career lasts less than five years. That means a lot of guys are 26 or 27-years-old when they are done playing and given the average American male lives to be about 78-years-old, don’t you want to do something productive for those 50-plus years? Go to class, learn as much as you can and get your degree.
Good News for Basketball Fans. Class of 2012 shooting guard Archie Goodwin (#19) suffered an injury a couple of months ago that sidelined him for a good portion of the summer. However, he recently said that he’s close to a full recovery and he could play in the Nike Peach Jam. Goodwin has led his Arkansas Wings Elite squad to a Nike EYBL post-season appearance in North Augusta, South Carolina July 12-15. He is third in points per game average with over 20 a contest and is third in free throws attempted per game (8.2). The elite junior has offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Louisville, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Memphis, Marquette, Georgetown, Florida State and Auburn.