About 10 years ago when I covered ACC basketball for the Charlotte Observer, I wrote about a big-time college basketball recruit who had a circus around him, including his ambitious brother. His recruitment was getting strange. Manipulated. Coaches were constantly trying to figure out who was in charge of the recruitment, but they knew one thing: It wasn't the player himself. He was a pawn. Whose pawn? I never quite figured that out.
The player's name? Dwon Clifton.
Yes, the same Dwon Clifton who just got hired on the staff at Baylor and whose arrival could spur the country's No. 1 recruit from the class of 2009, John Wall, to go to Baylor as well. Wall plays for Clifton and Clifton's still-ambitious brother, Brian, for D-One Sports.
I'm not calling any of this illegal. I'm not even calling it unethical. I happen to like Baylor coach Scott Drew very much. I'm just saying it's difficult to watch the circle of life without suppressing a giggle.