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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

2002 ABCD Camp report


Part I - Coaches and overview


July 12, 2002
By: BoilerBob
© Old Gold Free Press

    I attended the Adidas ABCD recruiting Camp last week in New Jersey to see the upcoming high school basketball talent, including some Purdue targets. Thanks to Bob Richards for arranging a press pass for me as an official member of the Mr Hoops team.

    The camp lasted Sunday through Thursday with pool play games Monday through Wednesday and playoffs Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. The camp wrapped up Thursday night with two all star games, one for seniors, one for upperclassman.

    I attended the Tuesday night sessions and both Wednesday sessions. Coach Keady attended the camp on Wednesday and Coach Price was there for at least Tuesday and Wednesday. I donít know if Coach Price was there Monday, the first day college coaches could arrive. Coach Martin was apparently in Indy for the Nike camp. All of the coaches will be on the road for the next few weeks as part of the NCAA evaluation period. Coach Price was headed somewhere on Thursday to watch a player work out the next day (he would not mention the city, so I canít speculate on the player).

    The gym was set up with four courts side by side and bleachers like you would find in a small High School gym on each end. On one end the only people allowed were the players, parents and camp coaches, staff and counselors (Willie Deane was a counselor but I only saw him once at a distance). The college coaches, NBA scouts, media and fans were on the other side and the two ends. The college coaches were forbidden to talk to the players or parents. The coaches were not even allowed to talk to the counselors (i.e. Coach Price could not talk to Willie). On the other hand, the NBA scouts could talk to the players without any restriction.

    The coaching attendees was a Whoís Who of college coaches, with assistants and coached from nearly every major program. To give you an idea, I will mention just a few of the ACC and Big Ten coaches I saw. From the ACC, I saw Coach K from Duke, Gary Williams from Maryland, Dougherty for UNC, Presser from Wake and Hewett from Ga Tech. From the Big Ten I saw, Keady, Alford, Amaker, Carmody & Penn States coach. Izzo was there last year but not this year. A few other notables include Bobby Huggins, Tubby Smith, Quinn Schneider, Jim Boeheim, Mike Montgomery and Steve Lavin. At one point I was sitting next to Gary Williams and a Maryland assistant and behind Dougherty and a UNC assistant, who were next to Coach Keady and Coach Price (a lot of big time coaches packed in a small area). All the coaches know each other well, and many went out of their way to stop by and say hello to coach Keady. It is easy to tell what school everyone is from as the have on school logo apparel so the recruits can easily spot them.

    I will post some more details soon about players that I saw, conversations overheard and conversations I had with Coach Price and Bruce Weber.



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