Podcast: Should Duke and Kentucky slightly adjust their recruiting philosophies?

How big was Mohamed Bamba's commitment to Texas?

Matt Norlander and I discussed that at the top of this episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast -- then had a long discussion about recruiting in general. Basically, we talked about this column I wrote earlier in the week and touched on the recruiting efforts at Missouri, Alabama, UNLV and Western Kentucky, at which point I explained why there's no real reason basically any coach at a decent school with resources shouldn't be able to recruit well. And we also talked about my North Carolina column from last week and wondered if Duke and Kentucky should cease enrolling the best one-and-done prospects they can and instead intentionally balance their classes by signing at least a few likely two-year and three-year players to go with a couple of one-and-done locks.

My point?

Look at the rosters of the past two national champions.

Villanova and North Carolina won the past two national championships mostly with sophomores, juniors and seniors who were ranked somewhere between 26th and 80th coming out of high school. That's not a coincidence, I don't think.

What's Caleb Swanigan gonna do?

What's Deng Adel gonna do?

What's Hamidou Diallo gonna do?

What's Aaron Holiday gonna do?

We discussed all of those upcoming NBA Draft decisions -- and others -- in this podcast. And then we talked about the NBA Draft in general -- about whether Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball should go first and second to the Lakers. And then I shared some thoughts on LaVar Ball, Lonzo's big-talking and controversial father.

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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