Biancardi heads ESPN Scouts Inc. basketball recruiting staff

ESPN.com is pleased to welcome back Paul Biancardi to head its basketball recruiting coverage. Biancardi, who spent 2007-08 as an assistant coach on Rick Majerus' staff at Saint Louis, will be the sole national recruiting director for ESPN Scouts Inc.

Biancardi has 18 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.

Scouts, Inc. is dedicated to serving the hard-core high school and college basketball fan with thoughtful, in-depth analysis. Recruiting is the lifeblood of college programs, and ESPN Scouts Inc.'s recruiting team is the next best thing to a college staff.

Joining Biancardi will be recruiting director Bob Gibbons. 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.

Antonio Williams is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Scouts Inc. Before joining ESPN in 2007, he was an NBA scout for Marty Blake Associates.

Reggie Rankin is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Scouts Inc. Rankin was a Division I assistant coach for 14 seasons, including stints at Boston University, Wyoming, Ohio, Georgia, Nebraska and Dayton.

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Scouts Inc. and has been a high school basketball scout for 15 years. He has written for Hoopscoop Magazine and Basketball Times and organized "So-Cal's Finest," his own scouting service.