Not long ago spring basketball recruiting was a lot like the Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement, an astonishing scrum you’ve seen periodically on TV news.
Yep, it was just like that. All the college coaches would crush through the doors after the Final Four hoping to discover an uncommon bargain, but in such a rush it never was easy to be certain about quality or fit.
It’s different now. A lot of the players available in the spring aren’t leftovers; they are back on the market because of coaching changes. Schools routinely allow players affected by such circumstances to void their letters, and some players ask for such assurances in advance, which means succeeding in spring recruiting now can turn around a program in a hurry.