Sep 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EST
Earlier today, Will Leitch, who founded Deadspin and is an unabashed Illinois hoops fan, wrote about Cliff Alexander, the Illini’s top Class of 2014 target, and the recruiting process on an elite prospect for Sports on Earth.
More specifically, he writes about just how weird and awkward that process actually is.
I’ve become accustomed to it by now. I’ve been blogging about college hoops since 2007 and have covered the sport for NBC since 2010. I’m used to the idea of waiting with baited breath for a 16 or 17 year old to make a decision about where he will be going to college for, in many cases, all of about seven months.
But when I sit back and think about how recruiting is covered in college hoops, it’s weird, right?
As Leitch puts it, “Alexander basically has tens of thousands of people — fans, journalists, coaches, administrators — begging him to attend their school for one year. If he earns a degree, it will be years from now, while he is already a millionaire.”
Anyway, read through Leitch’s column here.
- JayVaughn Pinkston’s block gives No. 12 Villanova a win over No. 19 Michigan (VIDEO) 1
- Maryland upsets No. 13 Iowa State as fearless freshmen mix with gritty veterans for balanced effort 3
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s selflessness during the Maui Invitational will help No. 3 Arizona in the long run 0
- Player of the Year Power Rankings: A familiar face on top, but a few surprises behind him 0
- Ricky Doyle secures 70-63 win for No. 19 Michigan over Oregon in Legends Classic 0
- Villanova’s win is evidence of why VCU may have peaked as a basketball program 13
- Mike Brey was excited about Notre Dame’s loss because the Irish have their closer back 1
- Poll: 54 percent of people think Kentucky beats the 76ers, 54 percent of people are dumb (31)
- Villanova’s win is evidence of why VCU may have peaked as a basketball program (13)
- Rick Pitino on blow out win: ‘We played four white guys and an Egyptian’ (7)
- Michigan’s John Beilein rips ESPN for late tip time during Tuesday’s loss (7)
- College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25: Kentucky reigns, but how far will Kansas, Florida slide? (5)