ESPN.com adds men's basketball recruiting coverage

Originally Published: November 28, 2006
By ESPN.com

ESPN.com is expanding its coverage of college recruiting to include men's basketball, and Scouts Inc. has assembled an experienced and widely respected team of talent evaluators to handle the task.

National recruiting directors John Carroll, Bob Gibbons and Paul Biancardi will provide the bulk of the coverage, including all player evaluations, grades and class recruiting rankings. Besides following prospects in their high school games, our directors will attend the important camps and AAU tournaments to see the top prospects in the nation in person.

Carroll brings extensive experience to our recruiting coverage, having spent 13 years as a college coach, six as head coach at Duquesne and seven as an assistant to P.J. Carlesimo at Seton Hall. He then had a nine-year NBA coaching career, including seven as an assistant with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04.

Gibbons is the editor and publisher of the All Star Sports report and is widely regarded as the recruiting guru of college basketball. He has more than three decades of experience scouting high school basketball prospects, is a member of the McDonald's High School All-American Selection Committee and was rated the No. 1 high school talent scout in America by Sports Illustrated.

Paul Biancardi has 17 years coaching experience at the Division I level. He was an assistant at Boston University, Boston College and Ohio State before becoming the head coach at Wright State, where he earned Horizon League coach of the year honors in the 2003-'04 season.

All players in the Classes of 2007, '08, '09 and '10 have been seen, either on tape or in person, and graded. Evaluations for '07 prospects are filtering in, and many of the top prospects' evaluations are available online, as is the initial ESPN 150 ranking of top prospects in the Class of '07.

Post-graduate and junior college prospects will be evaluated under the same criteria as high school prospects but will be ranked separately.

Grades for underclassmen are projected grades. Much can change from a player's freshman season to his senior season, when he signs a Division I scholarship offer. Some players' development will accelerate, while others will fail to meet expectations. These grades are a projection of where Scouts Inc. believes these players will be by their senior seasons. Evaluations of these players will not be completed until after their junior seasons, and they will be updated throughout the spring and summer leading up to their senior seasons.