Who is RecruitingNation?

Originally Published: September 17, 2009
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College coaches and scouts attend high school games and workouts, watch players on film and write reports on what they observe. That is how college programs determine which players to watch, meet with and whom to offer scholarships. The recruiting process is how great programs are built, and RecruitingNation is the next best thing to the existing college scouting departments.

RecruitingNation is dedicated to serving the hard-core high school and college basketball fan with thoughtful, in-depth analysis and unlike other recruiting services, RecruitingNation employs basketball scouts and coaches with many years of professional experience and expertise. It will evaluate talent in games on the court rather than relying solely on stats. The student athletes will be evaluated in person and on video and not by word of mouth. Every top recruit will be compared to players across the entire United States rather than only players within his region. This will allow RecruitingNation to judge college recruits and recruiting classes more thoroughly.

RecruitingNation Personnel

Dave Telep, Senior College Basketball Recruiting Analyst for ESPN.com
Dave Telep is the former National Recruiting Director for Scout.com and is the owner of Dave Telep Scouting Services, which is used by over 225 colleges. He has also worked for Prepstars, Rivals.com, ACC Sports Journal and Sporting News. In 2009, he was named to Dime Magazine's 50 most influential people in basketball and is on selection committees for McDonald's All-American and Gatorade National POY. The University of Delaware alum is also Director of Player Personnel of the NBAPA Top 100 Camp, founder of Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge and a former analyst on Fox's "Countdown To Signing Day."

Telep and his wife, Paige, have two sons, Michael and Jason.

Paul Biancardi, National Director of Basketball Recruiting
After spending a year as an assistant coach at St. Louis University working with Rick Majerus, Paul Biancardi returns as the National Director of Basketball Recruiting.

Biancardi, a Boston native, was the head coach at Wright State from 2003-04 through the 2005-06 season. During his three-year tenure, he led WSU to a winning 26-22 mark in league play. Biancardi was voted the 2004 Horizon League Coach of the Year.

Prior to Wright State, Biancardi was an assistant coach at Ohio State for six years. During his time with the Buckeyes, he helped OSU to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the 1999 Final Four. Biancardi helped the Buckeyes win Big Ten co-Championships in 2000 and again in 2002 along with winning the Big Ten Tournament. In his final year at OSU, Biancardi was named associate head coach.

Hoop Scoop Online named Biancardi the No. 1 assistant coach in the country in 2002, while Sports Magazine and Lindy's College Basketball Magazine both named him one of the top five assistants in the country.

He also served seven seasons as an assistant coach at Boston College. The Eagles qualified for postseason play on five occasions and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament. He was instrumental in helping the Eagles reach the Elite Eight in 1994 and claimed the Big East Championship in 1997.

During the 1989-90 season, Biancardi was an assistant coach at Boston University and helped the Terriers win the North Atlantic Conference title and an NCAA Tournament bid. He has also served as an assistant at Suffolk University and Salem State College.

Biancardi is a 1985 graduate of Salem State and earned a degree in physical education. He played four years and was voted team captain as a senior. As a senior, he was selected for the "James Twohig Award" for outstanding character, sportsmanship and dedication. Biancardi was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Pope John XXIII High School.

As an extension of his duties as National Director of Basketball Recruiting for ESPN.com, Biancardi is the basketball recruiting analyst for ESPNU Recruiting Insider show and a contributor as an analyst for ESPNews, SportsCenter, as well as ESPN's Outside the Lines. He also serves as an analyst for ESPN college basketball games. With his long successful career in basketball Biancardi has also been asked to serve as a selection committee member for the prestigious McDonalds Game, Gatorade Player of Year, and the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.

Biancardi and his wife, Theresa, have two daughters, Katerina and Alyssa.

Adam Finkelstein, Recruiting Coordinator
Adam Finkelstein is the Northeast recruiting coordinator and has been a coach or scout at the high school, college, and pro levels.

Joel Francisco, Recruiting Coordinator
Joel Francisco has been evaluating high school basketball prospects for 20 years. After graduating from Long Beach State, he organized the scouting service So-Cal's Finest and ran it for nearly 15 years with over 50 Division I schools subscribing to the service. In addition, Francisco covered various All-American camps and AAU tournaments for Hoop Scoop magazine and Basketball Times before becoming the West Coast recruiting coordinator.

Michael LaPlante, Recruiting Coordinator
Michael LaPlante has over 20 years of coaching and recruiting experience. He has evaluated players at all levels from his time spent as an assistant at Auburn, Yale and the University of Maine. Most recently, LaPlante was the head coach at Jacksonville State University from 2000 to 2008, leading the program to a Division I school record 20-win season. LaPlante also has extensive international experience, serving as a consultant to the Senegalese National Basketball Team.

Reggie Rankin, Recruiting Coordinator
Reggie Rankin was a four-year letterman at Ohio University from 1985-90 and has coached in the Mid-American, American East, WAC, SEC, Big 12 and Atlantic 10 conferences over a span of 14 seasons before joining RecruitingNation in 2007. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Rankin played at Linden McKinley high school and was ranked among the top 100 high school players in the country in 1985 on multiple recruiting and scouting publications and was nominated for the McDonald's High School All-American team.

John Stovall, Recruiting Coordinator
John Stovall is a recruiting coordinator for RecruitingNation. He has worked as part owner and Director of Scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years. Prep Spotlight is one of the top scouting services in the country and is referred to as the No. 1 service in the Midwest with roughly 200 colleges subscribing to the service. He also has worked as a consultant for Nike basketball in their Grassroots department for the past nine years.