Talking Big-Time #HSBB: “In The Paint” Podcast 6th Episode!
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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 the sixth episode of our all-new “In The Paint Show,“ hosts Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland discuss a variety of topics, including the on-going conversation of what defines “amateur” athletics and how players’ rights compare to coaches’ ability to quickly switch jobs. The guys touch on football sensation Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and if his stardom will change the discussion surrounding amateur athletics in light of the situation surrounding Cliff Kingsbury, who went from a college head coaching position, to another college coordinator position, to NFL head coach in a matter of 44 days. Where does that leave the players and recruits who were considering playing in his offense at USC?
The guys discuss the UCLA coaching situation in the light of the Minnesota Timberwolves firing Tom Thibodeau and how that affects the Bruins’ pool of candidates. Flores and Ugland also discuss big-time high school basketball, how it has evolved over the years and affects the FAB 50 National Rankings. A majority of the top-ranked teams travel across the country as college programs do. For some, it’s a one-shot deal because of a great player, but for powers such as Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), traveling the country is nothing new.
Bishop Gorman head coach Grant Rice is this week’s special guest and he discusses his program’s experience with traveling to events around the country, what advantages and potential disadvantages it brings, and gives his take on the top two FAB 50 ranked teams in the country: La Lumiere (Ind.) and McEachern (Ga.). Rice also sheds light on the upcoming NCAA sanctioned June live period events for high school programs, which will be the main “In The Paint” topic in Episode No. 7.
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!