Ep. 124 - The Transfer Portal & Changing Recruiting Landscape + GEICO/Duncanville!

On Episode 124 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana chop it up with Brandon Jenkins (247Sports.com National Recruiting Analyst) about the NCAA transfer portal and how it's changed college basketball the the recruiting landscape. We discuss the differences in recruiting strategies for colleges as we enter the first April live period in two years, the realities of scholarship opportunities for high school players, the make up of college rosters going forward, and the unrealistic expectations for some families. There is going to be less emphasis on evaluating young prospects in the spring live period and more emphasis on hosting portal players on visits, so we break down what the new realities mean for players and their families and offer advice! You definitely want to give this episode a listen!

The ITP crew also dishes on the impact portal players had on the NCAA Tournament, break down the NCAA Final Four and the decision to move Duncanville (Texas) to No. 1 in the FAB 50 after Montverde Academy (Fla.) captured GEICO Nationals. Was it a slam dunk decision? All that and more on the ITP show!

(0:00) - Intro

(2:15) - NCAA Coaches Buzz at NCAA Final Four

(5:24) - Reaction to Montverde Academy Capturing GEICO Nationals

(13:29) - McDonald’s Game Updates

(14:49) - GEICO’s Impact on Duncanville (TX) Moving to FAB 50 No. 1

(23:11) - Breakdown of New FAB 50 Rankings

(24:42) - NCAA Final Four Quick Recap

(34:47) - Transfer Portal Impact on NCAA Landscape

(43:49) - Brandon Jenkins (247Sports.com) Interview

(45:58) - Brandon Jenkins on Changing Landscape of Recruiting Network Coverage

(48:30) - Brandon Jenkins on Players’ Recruiting Expectations/Knowledge

(52:10) - Brandon Jenkins on Coaching Staffs Hosting Portal Visits 

(53:49) - Brandon Jenkins on Parental Pressure     

(59:46) - Brandon Jenkins on Recruiting Large Net of Players

(1:03:30) - Brandon Jenkins on College Roster Overhauls

(1:06:45) - Importance of Player Background/Behavior  

(1:08:49) - Importance of Choosing/Narrowing Down College Choices

(1:12:20) - Importance of Relieving Recruiting Pressure for Elites  

(1:13:50) - Ronnie & Ani Advice for Recruits/Parents  

(1:18:20) - Chelsea’s W Prediction on South Carolina

(1:21:20) - Ballislife.com & Other Podcast Shout Outs
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