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Unreliability with tourneys, teams in Las Vegas

Posted on: July 22, 2011 6:52 pm
Jeff Borzello is taking all day Friday to tag along with Syracuse assisant Mike Hopkins. He'll be checking in every couple of hours with updates, anecdotes and tidbits from the recruiting trail. Check here for a timeline of the posts.

By Jeff Borzello

LAS VEGAS -- Coaching staffs spend countless minutes planning out their recruiting schedules, down to how many minutes it takes to get from one gym to another.

It's a science to figure out how to see as many targets as possible.

Friday afternoon, Mike Hopkins and I left one game early to catch a prospect at a gym 25 minutes away. The kid wasn't there -- he was playing on a different team.

"No question [it's annoying]," Hopkins said. "It is what it is. It's part of the deal, it happens all the time."

At an event like the Peach Jam, where everything is in one place, it might not matter. In Vegas, though, it changes the entire schedule.

"We spend 20 minutes going there, we could've gotten something to eat, gone over here, over there," Hopkins said.
"Time is of the essence, when you're going from gym to gym to gym."

And it's back to the drawing board.

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