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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

1998 Spiece/Converse Run 'N Slam All-Star Classic


Understanding these pages.


May 2, 1998
By: Bob Richards
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    Tournament Summaries
      The summaries listed here are games we witnessed, mixed in with a little rumor and talk heard along the way. Keep in mind that there are 17 games occurring simultaneously, and if anyone claims to have seen even 20% of the games during the weekend they are not being truthful. So many games and so little time. My mission for the weekend was to 1) take a look at as many of the rumored Purdue prospects as possible, 2) check out some of the younger players by looking at the juniors-to-be division, and 3) look at some of the other top rated national players in attendance. At times during the weekend I was joined by fans of this site and fans in general, and I've tried to mix in some of their observations into the summaries too. Some of the summaries are general, and some approach a play-by-play analysis, which should give everyone a good mixture of looks into the weekend.

    Player Scouting Reports
      The scouting reports are a combination of my observations and those of others from the weekend. Before reading the reports, realize that everyone has a bias. Whether it be an experience bias, a personal connection to a team or player or some form of agenda. What I hope people will do with the comments here is to take them and compare them to other things you hear, and form your own opinion based on the body of evidence. Different people notice different aspects of a players game and I have always valued every opinion. I have been careful to enlist the help of some very good scouts, some named and some unnamed. There are evaluations here from everyone from coaches and players, to the casual observer. We had hoped to get more players covered, and I'm still waiting on a few more scouting reports to come in.

    Game and Player Stats
      Special thanks to Dale Knott for the stats from the tournament. Included is a sampling of the 242 games played during the weekend (not including the games played in the consolation bracket). I've tried to include some of the key weekend games, plus include stats from each of the Indiana teams from the weekend. More games will be added as time allows. You will not, however, find a listing of average scoring from the tournament. The reason is that the numbers would be wrong. Stats were not available for 26 games during the weekend, making an average calculation too skewed to even be attempted. I've also always found scoring averages to be rather ridiculous without having an idea of how many minutes a kid played per game. The scorekeepers during the tournament only recorded 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free-throws made. Any other numbers included under the game summaries were taken unofficially by scouts and observers.

    Tournament Scores
      The complete listing of all the scores from the tournament is contained here. The scores are broken down in four parts...Friday pool play, Saturday pool play, seniors tournament and juniors tournament. The easiest way to track a team is by using your browsers search function. Each team played 3 pool games and at least one tournament game. Some teams played as many as 8 games over the course of the weekend.


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