State of the Game: Joel Francisco (National Scout)

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with respected individuals in various roles and talk about the state of the high school and grassroots game. We interviewed respected national talent evaluators (Jerry Meyer of, Clark Francis of the Hoop Scoop, Joel Francisco of, a shoe company national manager (Tony Dorado of Nike), college coaches (Pepperdine University assistant John Impleman and Santa Clara University assistant Mike Peck), a young high school coach (former UNLV guard Justin Hawkins from Liberty of Henderson, Nev.) and a state title-winning high school coach (former Clemson guard Lou Richie from Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, Calif.).

In part No. 5 of our "State of the Game" BIL exclusive, we sit down with Francisco to discuss the differences in evaluating in a high school versus a grassroots setting, what aspects of evaluating he's improved on over 25 years in the business and what is's methodology for ranking college prospects.

In part No. 6 on February 2, we'll sit down and talk to former UNLV guard and current high school coach Justin Hawkins.

Part 1 - Lou Richie (HS Coach) | Part 2 - John Impleman (College Coach)Part 3 - Michael Peck (College Coach) | Part 4 - Jerry Meyer (National Scout) | Part 6 - Justin Hawkins (Former Player) | Part 7 - Tony Dorado (Shoe Company Manager) | Part 8 - Clark Francis (National Scout)

Ronnie Flores is the national Grassroots editor of He can be reached at [email protected]. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonMFlores