Just from watching videos and reading on these guys… My tier list would be like this.
Tyson Jolly - I think he’s the cream of the crop, instant impact guy, think he’s a day 1 starter. The guy puts up triple doubles in JUCO. This is the type of guy if they land, it’s Barford like results.
Sardaar Calhoun - Great shooter, good size, has the best offers among the bunch, still waiting on 1 class to be a qualifier this year, if he does, he’s going to be highly sought after. I think we can see Mason Jones like impact from him as far as his ability to shoot the ball.
Javon Franklin - We all know about Javon, athletic, quick, good defender, and would have 3 years left, I think he would be an instant upgrade at the 4 spot if fully healthy.
Jalon Pipkens - Really athletic kid, watched his highlights he can jump out of the gym, plus he shoots the ball really well at 37%.
Sean Miller-Moore - Another athletic kid, nice size at 6-5, think he would definitely help strengthen the bench if they add him.
This is the most critical recruiting season for Mike. Next year will definitely be a make or break year for him. He is going to have to recruit against a lot of negativity, but that is nothing new for coaches and many coaches face that around the nation,
He needs to be very careful in evaluating talent and needs to get “ready for prime time” players and not players that he has to develop. Mike prefers developing players and molding them to his way of basketball. He is going to have to put that aside for now,
Very true. When I see us on JUCO’s I always feel really good, more times than not we get who we want in the JUCO ranks. We’ve had 2 JUCO players that have seen NBA action in Macon and Clarke, with another in Barford that’s very close to getting a 10 day contract. Huge selling point to those JUCO guys. I’m not sure if there’s any other coach active coach that can claim the JUCO success we’ve had. I know Hoiberg could at Iowa State, but he’s not in college basketball right now.
Honest question here. You have said since the beginning of the season that you expected AR to sign four. Mike’s mantra is recruit them and the numbers will work themselves out. He failed to do that with Portis and Qualls year. Now, it seems he didn’t follow his own mantra again this year. Can you explain why?
My adopted son plays at Bossier Parish Community College and they played Paris Juco a few weeks ago. Paris showed up with 7 players and half the team looked very average in warm ups. Bossier has a kid going to Nevada, ULM and East Carolina. Two other kids, including my son, will get D1 offers soon.
That being said Paris gave them all they wanted and Bossier barely won. Pip is the real deal. Big body kid that gets to the hole at will and has a sweet jump shot. We played against him in high school also. Hot Spring plays in a tournament every year in Paris. He was a bad man in high school also.