If you want to know the real deal about recruiting and any supposed advantages Coach K gets from the Team USA gig, you should probably ask a coach. Latest guys asked: KU head coach Bill Self and Arizona's Sean Miller, who talked to Andy Katz about it.
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Miller, who assisted Billy Donovan on the U-18 team, said this: "Sometimes if you're not involved in it, you don't see what a commitment it is to be a part of USA basketball. We were in Colorado Springs for 16 days and nights grinding and practicing two hours and sometimes twice a day. The older team is gone for months. If there is an advantage it's in the prestige more than anything else and that's deserved. There should be respect for those who have made a commitment."
Call it an advantage if you'd like, but there's also the advantage of being prepared, which despite his absence, Coach K clearly was when it came to Duke's visit with Tyus Battle.
K brought Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer with him, and according to Gill St. Bernard’s coach Mergin Sina, was very impressive:
"You get a guy like that coming into Gill, obviously he’s a legendary coach. He was really good. He knew Tyus to a ‘T,’ which always helps. He had a good evaluation of Tyus. He explained all the things that he could work on to get better, and some of the things that are going to make him successful."