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It started for us over 25 years ago when specialty sports publications began
to fill the void and go beyond the sports headlines and boxscores of the daily
newspapers. Over 10 years ago, the thirst for basketball recruiting information
led to the launch of the Prep Stars Recruiter's Handbook, Vol. I No. 1.
With all the commotion surrounding the Internet in recent years, the craving
for more quality recruiting information reached an all-time high and paved the way
for PrepStars.com 1.0. In staking our claim in cyberspace, we pledged to deliver
to our loyal readers the most up-to-date and accurate recruiting information available.
Our work in progress continues with a unique brand of coverage that helps "recruitniks"
everywhere make sense of the recruiting game. Ramp-up PrepStars.com 2.0 and
journey with us along the Recruiting Trail.
HOW OUR RANKING SYSTEM WORKS...
Readers are sometimes curious about the difference between a "super"
player versus a "near super," "big-timer" vs. "high-major"
and so forth.
Our introductory primer below defines the various terms so commonly
bandied about within recruiting circles. Readers new to the recruiting game
will find these definitions very useful in deciphering guru lingo.
Super: A dominating performer whose impact is felt every game. These
players are the rarest, of course, and are the most likely to sit atop All-American
lists and capture Player of the Year honors. These prodigies frequently make
an early -- and sometimes directly from high school -- jump to the NBA. Typically,
there will be no more than one or two of these players in each recruiting class.
Near-Super: Another species of an extremely talented player who can
single-handedly determine the outcome of a game. The small discrepancy relates
to the frequency of that domination, due to the fact that they are unable to
do it as often. Not surprisingly, many near-supers win All-America honors and
go on to great success in the NBA. The top five players in a class usually will
fall within this category.
High Big-Time: These players are the program builders. While most supers
and near-supers don't play enough (if any) college ball, high big-timers often
play a big role in a program's success over the course of their career. This
category is more broad than the top two groups, with players approximately ranked
between No. 6-No. 30 comprising the list.
Big-Time: Traditionally, a valuable contributor who starts for a top-30
team by his junior season. However, big-time prospects have seen earlier action
in recent years due to more frequent early exits to the NBA. Players ranked
from No. 31-No. 100 typically will fall into this category, depending heavily
on the depth of the class.
High-Major: A projected two-year starter at one of the nation's top 75
college programs, but likely a non-starter for the truly elite. But these
elite schools regularly recruit high-majors to provide depth and intangibles.
Again, due to the personnel turnover at the college level, more high-major prospects
are being signed by elite programs to provide stability and leadership. Prospects
falling under this category typically rank between No. 101-No. 175, again depending
heavily on the particular class.
Mid-Major: Typically capable of starting by his junior season for a program
in the top 76-200. Mid-majors fall between the best 176 and 350 players
in the country. Many giant-killing teams in the NCAA Tournament are led by
excellent mid-major prospects.
Low-Major: Frequently a two-year starter for a team in the bottom 60
of Division I. The number of low-majors is tough to calculate even roughly,
because so many are ignored by camps, scouts and more prominent colleges. On
average, the top 351-500 or so prospects fall into this category, with some
being much better than others.
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BLASTS FROM THE PAST
An underclassman who exploded onto the national scene is Allen Iverson,
a 6-1 junior point guard from Hampton (VA) Bethel. Iverson ended up being
the MVP of the AAU National 17-and-under tourney in Winston-Salem (NC) after
leading Boo Williams' team to the championship. Iverson, a great athlete who
is a scoring machine and tricky with the basketball, scored 25 points to go
with five assists and six boards in an upset win over the Charlotte Sonics
in the final.
Kobe Bryant 6-6 WG/PG Ardmore (PA) Lower Merion
The next Jordan has fine grades. Does it all, has it all. Very quick with
the ball, sees the court, superb at spinning inside and dishing cleverly/unselfishly.
Fine leaper, who rebounds well and converts alley oops. Three-point J is good
(not great), with quick shot release. Doesn't always move feet on defense.
Contenders are LaSalle (dad Joe is assistant coach and former pro) UNC, Duke,
Michigan, Georgetown, Villanova, Kentucky, perhaps NBA.
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