Dear Gary (on waiting to sign late)
Posted on: November 12, 2009 2:25 pm
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Your column on kids waiting late to sign is way off base. What if the kid gets injured, blows his knee out? He loses a chance to have his education paid for! It's not worth the risk. What if he and his team have a bad year? Could also cost him a free ride!! Kids should not take this opportunity for granted!!
No coach is swayed by whether a kid's high school team has a bad year, and most don't even care if kids play high school basketball at all. Recruiting is done in the summer, via the AAU circuit. High school basketball is mostly irrelevant. Beyond that, the entire column was based on elite recruits, defined by me as Top 25 prospects. And there isn't a Top 25 prospect who would lose offers with a torn knee. It just wouldn't happen. Brandon Knight could break his right arm and blowout his left knee this weekend, and Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami and Syracuse would all leave scholarship offers on the table.
Honestly, can you name a Top 25 prospect who was injured and left stranded without a scholarship?
Has that ever happened?
I mean, ever in the history of college basketball?