Friday , Jan , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Some of the best college hoops players are often overlooked

What is it that recruiters see that spectators don’t? Or rather, what is that they don’t see?

Even with a brother who played college basketball and had to, obviously, go through the recruiting process, I still don’t understand how some of the top talents get overlooked while more mediocre players are given top picks.

P.J. Tucker:
Tucker, who is from Raleigh, was overlooked by the All-America selection committees. He was overlooked by all the big-time universities in the area. However, Rick Barnes and his staff at Texas saw something there. The 6’5” power forward may have been considered undersized, and he may have just barely made the necessary grades, but he was one of the top talents around. In his senior season at Enloe High School, Tucker averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds. As a sophomore, Tucker pulled down 22 rebounds in a game against Broughton High School. Broughton’s center was Shavlik Randolph at the time. Good call Krzyzewski.
David West:
National Player of the Year in 2003. First Team All-American in 2003. Consensus Second Team All-American in 2002. Selected by the New Orleans Hornets as the 18th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. West is from Garner, North Carolina, but attended Xavier, where he led the Atlantic 10 in rebounding all four years he was there. Skip Prosser wanted him (he was the coach of Xavier at the time). Georgia Tech showed some interest, but claimed he wasn’t aggressive enough. Right.
Schea Cotton:
Schea dunked on and over Kevin Garnett at the age of fifteen. They should speak for itself right there, but read Marissa Avila’s “Made with 100% Cotton” on Hoopsvibe. Legal troubles, bad grades … but the kid could play. Read the article. Very enlightening.
Adam Morrison:
Only Gonzaga offered him a scholarship. He was just a scrawny white kid that played no defense. But the scrawny white kid averages 28 points a game. Who’s sorry now?
Steve Nash:
Went to Santa Clara. Why? Once again, nobody else wanted him. Granted, he was not nearly the player he is now. After working his butt off, I think it’s fair to say that he got himself where he is today. No big-time college name, no hype, not even an athletic looking body. 

The list goes on and on. What makes a player seem intriguing to one scout but not to another? If someone knows the answer, please tell me.