“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Upcoming Live Period!
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Ronnie has evaluated basketball talent for 20 years and has over 15 years of experience in publishing, editing and managing high school sports websites for companies such as Student Sports, ESPN and Ballislife. Ronnie compiles the FAB 50 National Team Rankings while serving as an account manager and consultant for grassroots event run by Ballislife and other companies, in addition to serving as a color commentator on high school broadcasts.
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In episode No. 30 of our “In The Paint Show,“ Devin Ugland and Ronnie Flores go in on the upcoming NCAA live period (July 11-14), the only travel ball-based live period for July 2019 following the NCAA’s sweeping changes to its recruiting calendar as a result of the federal investigation into widespread recruiting corruption.
With this upcoming weekend being so important for potential college prospects and their families, the fellas welcome four college coaches inside the paint – Jason Hart (USC), Ryan Badrtalei (UC Irvine), John Rillie (UC Santa Barbara) and Damion Hill (Cal Poly Pomona) – to discuss their approach to recruiting during a travel ball-based live period. Do they focus solely on the senior-to-be class (2020) or is there time to look at younger prospects? What do they look for in the prospects they are evaluating? What’s the first things they notice when looking at a prospect for the first time or walking into a gym where they don’t know the players? Are they concerned with bad evaluations or with missing out on prospects because two July live weekends with travel ball clubs has been removed?
With only one live period week in July for many prospects (minus the 73 players lucky enough to be invited to the USA Basketball Mini-Camp or that knew the process to participate in the NCAA Camps July 23-28), it goes without saying this upcoming weekend is super important. If you are a prospect or someone invested in the well-being of a potential college player, you don’t want to miss this episode!
To close out this week’s pod, we talk with current Fountain Valley (Calif.) head coach D’Cean Bryant, who was an assistant coach when current NBA star Kawhi Leonard played at King (Riverside, Calif.) in 2007-09. Leonard, of course, shocked the basketball world last week when it was announced he would sign with the Los Angeles Clippers after leading the Toronto Raptors to the 2019 NBA Title. What was Leonard like in high school? Was it a surprise he chose to come back home and play for the upstart Clippers? Bryant breaks it down!
This is one of the most important and insightful pods we’ve done so far, so make sure to give it a listen!
To learn more about our hosts, Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland, and to get more information about what “In The Paint” is all about, check out our intro below!