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BobZag
06-22-2007, 05:29 PM
For the entire answer--

http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=685570

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What do you think of Gonzaga's rise in recruiting and their ability to start recruiting even on the East Coast now? --Scotty from Spokane

"One big reason is that the program has the reputation of excelling in individual development.

"Along with growing television exposure, a strong schedule and a frenzied home-court atmosphere, the Gonzaga coaching staff has a lot to sell when recruiting a prospect."

Nevtelen
06-22-2007, 05:46 PM
And I'd bet that's only going to increase in the future. Giacoletti is going to add to that rep, too - how many schools have assisstants who helped develop guys like Andrew Bogut?

LynetteG
06-22-2007, 06:02 PM
D'oh... this part hurt though

"I don't think, however, that Gonzaga is to a point where it can successfully recruit outside of the region. Perhaps the Zags could land a player here or there from the Midwest, but straying farther than that to recruit just doesn't seem worth the money, time and effort.

The fact is that Gonzaga can get in on most any prospect in its time zone, and there is enough talent out West to help Gonzaga maintain its winning ways."

CDC84
06-22-2007, 08:35 PM
"I don't think, however, that Gonzaga is to a point where it can successfully recruit outside of the region. Perhaps the Zags could land a player here or there from the Midwest, but straying farther than that to recruit just doesn't seem worth the money, time and effort."

Beyond the factory schools, the same could be said for just about every program west of the Mississippi.....and even then you don't see UCLA, Arizona, Texas and others going after tons of elite east coast players. There just isn't a need to when they can get top prep players from L.A., Houston, Portland, San Diego, etc. They're easier to recruit, and those kids are the ones that are most familiar with the programs out west.

MickMick
06-22-2007, 09:57 PM
UNC came out here for Marvin Williams. Brandon Roy was Rookie of the year.
Roy Williams wanted Josh Heytvelt. Gonzaga is drooling over a couple of in-state guards for 2009. Indeed, Seattle is a recruiting hotbed. The "Battle in Seattle" should always draw a good opponent because schools want to establish/maintain a recruiting presence there.

So....why on earth would the Zags spend valuable resources east of the Mississippi? As if there aren't enough schools back there vying for local talent. The heavy Eastern recruiting competition is sending schools westward in their search for talent. Not vice versa....

Take a look at a "basketball state" like Indiana. Indiana, Indiana State, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Butler all put respectable squads on the court last season. Compare Indiana's population to Washington. Now take a moment to ponder Gonzaga's relative recruiting region (even when considering population density) to those schools.

In my opinion, this is one of many reasons why Gonzaga has been able to maintain their great winning tradition. Gonzaga-type (non-BCS) teams take their turns back East. St. Joes was big 3 years ago. Memphis is currently hot, UConn is currently down. But I want to see it from one of these schools for a full decade. When you start comparing Few's winning percentage with other coaches, it starts to becomes evident. His recruiting "backyard" is much bigger than most of those coaches on that other coast. And of course we all know that you don't become a regular on ESPN2 by just beating up on the WCC ;).

gamagin
06-23-2007, 09:54 AM
<< When you start comparing Few's winning percentage with other coaches, it starts to becomes evident. >>

The WCC is relatively weak. We have built up a great program, staff and subsequent cinderella "story" that has attracted the attention of the nation and the world.

we keep that story alive by mostly dominating the WCC, continuing to improve and grow and compete, or at least present a threat to the big name status quo teams and coaches.

In many other conferences throughout the coutry, meantime, there is parity -- mostly in the area of talent, reach, money and demand. the competition, too, is keener,

the athletes are plentiful and the differences are slight. The pressure, too, is greater in the bigger schools, and the result, imo, is a genuine attraction for young athletes to try and have the best of both worlds, if they can.

And that is what Gonzaga offers and where gonzaga hopefully will stay.

applezag
06-23-2007, 10:24 AM
I think most schools who recruit on a nation-wide basis don't get too active on kids far away unless those kids show pretty strong interest. Even the "factory schools" probably don't go all the way across the country beating the bushes on someone who hasn't responded to their feelers. In the case of a school like UNC, they are going to have more kids respond to them from far away because they are such a national name. The same has begun to happen with GU. But it isn't worth the effort to go after guys that far away unless they are serious. There is a lot of talent in the west that we can get. Plus, we seem to have found more talent abroad than on the east coast.