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Anonymous Power 6 College Basketball Coach Will Stop Recruiting High School Players

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While bringing in top freshmen has been a staple of college athletics programs for numerous years now, one anonymous coach is taking the initiative to abandon that approach.

According to a recent post from ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla, one anonymous Power 6 coach will not be recruiting high school players this summer because the transfer portal has become more relevant.

 

“One Power 6 head coach told me that, with the transfer portal, he’s not recruiting high school guys this summer,” Fraschilla wrote. “He will leave it to the assistant coaches. ‘The only thing that will suffer will be my Marriott points.'”

With no penalty for multi-time transfers in college basketball, more and more players are electing to enter the transfer portal. As more players enter the portal, coaches have the opportunity to revamp their roster each season with an entirely new cast of players should they choose to do so.

According to ESPN, there will be upward of 2,000 players in the portal by the time it closes for all players on May 1. The vast majority will find a new home in a similar timeframe.

One of the unintended setbacks of the increased relevance of the portal is the complete destruction of redshirting players. When recruiting freshmen, as shown by multiple teams in the Big 12 Conference this season, if the players don’t feel they’ve gotten enough play time in their first season, they’ll simply move on to a program where there is an increased amount of access on the court.

Once a player enters the portal following their freshman year, coaches will have an opportunity to recruit guys they may have missed in high school or, in the case of the anonymous Power 6 coach listed above, never recruited.

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