Ep. 127 - 2nd Spring Live Period Standouts + Coach's Perspective

On Episode 127 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, co-hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana go hard in the paint on the second NCAA Spring Live Period. The fellas talk recruiting buzz, sleepers, future standouts and stock risers.

The fellas also welcome on special guest, coach Brice Fantazia (WCE UAA/Modesto Christian), who offers his perspective on coaching WCE on the UAA circuit while the star players off his CIF NorCal Open championship team play on the NIKE EYBL (2024 Jamari Phillips) and 3SSB (2023 B.J. Davis). What advice does he give them to handle expectations and the recruiting push from both colleges and independent academies that want them to transfer? Who has stood out on the WCE 17U team and its lower level teams? How is the recruitment going for the other Modesto Christian players off an underclass-dominated team?

The ITP crew also talk Dariq Whitehead's selection as Mr. Basketball USA and the recent history of the national player of the year award and quickly dish on the NBA playoffs.

(0:00) - Intro

(1:14) - Dariq Whitehead Named Mr. Basketball USA: Voting and Breakdown 

(10:43) - Why was the National POY Voting so Wide Open this Season?

(13:32) - NBA Playoff Injuries, Load Management and Ben Simmons Situation 

(19:40) - 2nd NCAA Spring Live Period: Recruiting Buzz and Transfer Portal Relationships! 

(22:15) - Brice Fantazia (WCE UAA/Modesto Christian) Interview 

(26:41) - Fantazia on WCE Stock Risers from UAA 

(28:28) - Fantazia on Coaching UAA While His HS Standouts Play EYBL/3SSB

(31:09) - Fantazia on Development & Recruitment of B.J. Davis & Modesto Christian Players  

(36:57) - Fantazia on Dealing with Academy Programs Recruiting his HS Players

(48:34) - Is the Top 2022 Prospects also the Top 2023 NBA Draft Prospects?

(50:27) - 2nd Live Period Standouts in Dallas

(55:01) - 2nd Live Period Standouts in SoCal 

(1:00:08) - More 2nd Live Period Standouts 

(1:07:35) - More on the NBA Playoffs & Injury Impact

(1:22:12) - Podcast Shout Outs & Shop.Ballislife.com Discount Code

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