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2011 recruiting trip: Everybody is in Akron

Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:38 pm
By Gary Parrish

AKRON, Ohio -- Jeff Goodman's last post made me realize that when we decided to spend the first three days of the July evaluation period paired with two different coaches from two different levels -- me with a high-major coach, him with a low-major coach -- we were actually surrounding ourselves with lots of different coaches at two different levels.

I'm with Michigan State's Tom Izzo; Goodman is with Texas-Pan America's Ryan Marks. That means I'm at the LeBron James Skills Academy with lots of coaches like Michigan State's Tom Izzo, and Goodman is at some event in Milwaukee with lots of coaches like Texas-Pan America's Ryan Marks, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It's just that the contrast is hard to miss.

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While Goodman has barely seen a high-major coach today, I'm sitting in a gym right now watching two courts full of future Division I prospects play in front of (from left to right): N.C. State's Mark Gottfried, LSU's Trent Johnson, Providence's Ed Cooley, Missouri's Frank Haith, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Gonzaga's Mark Few, Illinois' Bruce Weber, Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg, Ohio State's Thad Matta, Tennessee's Counzo Martin, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Kansas' Bill Self, Villanova's Jay Wright, Memphis' Josh Pastner, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, SMU's Matt Doherty, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Purdue's Matt Painter, Oregon's Dana Altman, Florida's Billy Donvovan, Alabama's Anthony Grant, Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings, Georgetown's John Thompson III, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Texas A&M’s Billy Kennedy, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and ... you get the point.

Plus, I can't see that far without my glasses.

And I lost my glasses five years ago.

For more of our college basketball recruiting road trip, click here.

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2011 recruiting trip: Everybody is in Akron

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