It was surely only a question of time before this happened, but at least one major college coach has said he’s done recruiting high school players and will focus entirely on the portal.
This comes from ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla who presumably has solid sources. He quotes the coach as saying this: “We’re like the NBA. We can build through free agency or through the draft. We’ll take the surer thing.”
Speculation is fun but pointless, but Alex, who is Eric Musselman, Scott Drew or Steve Forbes?
When Forbes was hired, you’ll recall, Wake Forest said that he couldn’t do what he did at ETSU and build around JUCOs. You could almost feel the smirk when he told them, more or less, “you bet! We’ll get NCAA transfers and grad student kids instead.”
And that was before the NCAA created the Wild, Wild West for transfers.
Some schools are going to be devastated by transfers. But some guys will figure this out better than others and put together complete, mature teams that are able to compete for championships, and do so in just a matter of months.
We obviously don’t know of Fraschilla spoke to Forbes or Musselman or Drew, but whoever said it has a point.