Chat with Dave Telep
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep stops by to chat the offseason recruiting trail.
Telep's college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be found on Twitter: @DaveTelep.
Send your questions now and join Telep Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Moderator (1:57 PM)
Thanks for all your questions on the eve of the regular signing period. I am about to get Dave on the phone.
Dave Telep (1:59 PM)
Hello folks, thanks for your questions. Be sure to watch our Signing Period Special on ESPNU tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Let's get right to the questions.
Mark (Ballston Spa, NY)
Where do you personally think Dajaun Coleman will end up? Kentucky, Cuse, UNC, or somewhere else?
Dave Telep (2:00 PM)
It's my guess (emphasis on guess) that DaJuan Coleman will one day become a member of the Syracuse Orange. Being on the circuit, that's the prevailing thought of most observers. Anything else might be an upset.
Does UConn parlay this national championship into any top recruits?
Dave Telep (2:01 PM)
The national championship will certainly help the Huskies recruit PROVIDED Jim Calhoun comes back. I think coach will need to make a strong, authoritative statement and once he does that, there will be no further questions and UConn can go about the business of pounding the pavement with Andre LaFleur and Kevin Ollie.
Thad Matta has done a great job of bringing in young talent and have several top prospects interested. Any chance they are able to land 2 or 3 of the top 25 guys in 2012 class?
Dave Telep (2:02 PM)
Ohio State is kicking out pros ... period. The issue for OSU the next few years will be expanding their recruiting territory. There aren't a ton of recruitable bigs in 2012 for the Bucks, therefore you've seen them mentioned with guys like Tony Parker, Robert Carter and others from the South. Matta is attempting to expand his recruiting empire because the region may not be as stacked. Can't blame him.
Al (OP KS)
How many of the following three end up at KU: Otto Porter, Trevor Lacey, Deandre Daniels?
Dave Telep (2:03 PM)
Al, your question came after Otto Porter popped for the Hoyas. Reality was KU was never fully in there for Porter, though it did try. Lacey is a reach. Daniels, well, they were close once. They brought in a friend of his as a walk-on and weren't able to get it locked up. Now with Duke hosting this weekend, Coach K becomes the defacto favorite to land him. I'll say this: nothing in DeAndre's recruitment has gone according to script so stay tuned.
Hey Dave, How has the Final Four run changed recruiting for VCU?
Dave Telep (2:06 PM)
Matt, the Final Four run will help VCU in this way: the Rams will immediately become a factor with every elite mid-major they target. In short, they move up the pecking order. They'll have a better pitch than most schools in their league, will be able to outlast the A10 and make in roads with high major recruits that BCS schools have earmarked as second tier guys. Don't expect them to just begin signing Top 100 players but expect them to be MAJOR factors for the cream of the crop mid-majors and heavy players in the transfer market.
timmy c (Lancaster, PA)
If Duke adds Alex Murphy a year early and DeAndre Daniels could they jump UK and St Johns as the best recruiting class?
Dave Telep (2:09 PM)
Timmy, there's a chance that Alex Murphy will enroll a year early at Duke. Is it a done deal? Nope. BUT, the possibility does in fact exist. I don't know the dates for summer school at Duke but I imagine we'd hear a few weeks prior. I don't think he'd play AAU this summer, skip summer school and then enroll. If he's going to do it, my guess is he jumps in with two feet.
Will Ware commit to being a Cardinal?
Dave Telep (2:10 PM)
Ethan, I spoke with one of Kevin Ware's advisors last night. No visits have been set but Louisville, UCLA, UCF and Florida are interested. TN doesn't have any contacts left as the Vols used them all up under Pearl.
John (Winston Salem)
Any idea when we may hear anything from Barnes? Also are there any recruits in 2011 you think of as highly as you thought of Barnes?
Dave Telep (2:12 PM)
John, Harrison Barnes is legitimately torn. I think his "legacy" is a big concern to him and he knows UNC would have a title run should he stay. Factor in the lockout and the decision is complicated. I think he goes 1-5 in the draft so its hard to pass that up but he's a young man with extraordinary long term vision.
If Brandon Knight decides to declare for the NBA draft, then do you see Kentucky having a good chance of signing Trevor Lacey?
Dave Telep (2:14 PM)
I'll be honest. Trevor Lacey has been a tough read for me. You would think Knight's departure -- although they play different positions -- would in Lacey's mind free up some shots. Alabama is quietly in there pretty good too. Frankly, I don't have a good feel.
Chinuah (Chesapeake, Va)
A two part question. Got the chance to see a lot of talent at the EYBL, my questions are: 1. Who do you got, Archie Goodwin or Omar Calhoun? 2. At this stage, how would rate Tyus Jones in the 2014 Class, showed a lot of skill running with the big boys.
Dave Telep (2:15 PM)
Chinuah. I'd take Archie Goodwin every time though I like Calhoun's game. Goodwin is elite getting to the basket and a junkyard dawg competitor. Tyus Jones is one of the best 2014 PGs I've seen. Love his poise. There are some good ones in that group so he'll have to stay motivated.
How good is Kentavious Caldwell? Does he have the ability to lead Georgia to the final four eventually?
Dave Telep (2:16 PM)
I think putting Final Four expectations on Kentavious Caldwell would not be fair. He's a scorer but not a very vocal player and would need to become a better leader not to mention UGA would need more guys around him. KCP will make Js in Athens but this is a rebuild for Mark Fox. Give him time to do so.
Does the late signings of Otto Porter and Greg Whiitington put Georgetowns recruiting class in the top 10? How good is Otto Porter?
Dave Telep (2:17 PM)
Georgetown has been active, relative to the rest of the country, this spring. Whittington is a wildcard and late bloomer whom I like but he doesn't move the needle. Porter on the other hand helps the Hoyas go from unranked to No. 13 overall.
james johnson (new castle, delaware)
You mention that there's a shortage of point guards in the class of 2012. I think delaware has some especially khallid hart of sanford high school. He's the best kept secret in that class of 2012. Two state champions and was states most out standing player as a sophomore in 2010,which includes teammates trevor cooney and deon jones.
Dave Telep (2:19 PM)
James, I'm born and bred Delaware. In fact, my father caught the second largest trout in White Clay Creek this year. Having said that, I don't think the first state is contributing to the national depth of the point guard class with an elite guy. I could be wrong but I don't think we're talking Gary Lumpkin (William Penn) or Duffy Samuels (Glasgow) here. That's right, I went old school on you! Thanks for the question.
Why politics play a big part in AAU basketball and Rankings? I see these experts at tournament getting close and paid from these AAU teams. We see it a lot is the DC area most of the big names are not the best players.
Dave Telep (2:21 PM)
Mark, I'm not an overly political guy but I'll answer your question from my perspective. When your reputation is on the line for evaluating talent and making good decisions, in our case, politics isn't even in the conversation. It's about the best players and prospects and any other factors outside of character, academics and makeup shouldn't and don't factor into what we do.
John (Los Angeles)
The lack of LA area players in the McDonald's game and other national all star events, is this a big reason that the Pac10 has taken such a slide in recent years. Is the California talent coming back? Any 2013 & 2014 kids to keep an eye on
Dave Telep (2:24 PM)
The Pac-10 (now the Pac-12) should have been represented by at least two kids in the McDonald's game. IMO, Jabari Brown and Nick Johnson earned the right to be there. To your point, since 2007's class, the Pac-10 talent base has been down and that's been a problem. You'll notice the lack of size in last year's league point guards. You'll also notice Arizona's rise and the Cats have put the league on full alert. I think LA talent could be on an upswing in coming years.
Dave, can Terry Whisnant be the consistent outside threat that Leonard Hamilton needs to take the Seminoles from good to great?
Dave Telep (2:25 PM)
I'm a Terry Whisnant fan. I believe in his stroke but he's coming from a small, NC high school. There will be an adjustment period as he learns to go hard and defend. Having said that, I believe his stroke is real and he can help FSU from the perimeter.
why are chicago players undervalued so much it seems like every year there are so many players on tournament teams from the city yet New York and LA and down south athletes get all the buzz usually?
Dave Telep (2:26 PM)
Chicago undervalued? Really? I don't see it that way at all. The city has kicked out some great ones and I'd have a hard time thinking its undervalued. It's a major producer of talent for a number of leagues and I've always thought its gotten its credit. Our No. 1 prospect in 2011 is from Chicago (Anthony Davis) and maybe our No. 1 in 2013 (Jabari Parker).
Brett (Newport Beach)
Which arizona recruit coming in next year will have the biggest impact in year 1?
Dave Telep (2:27 PM)
I'm a fan of Arizona's class. I think Josiah Turner could have the biggest impact because he gives Sean Miller a steadiness at the point. Having said that, I feel the need to mention that Nick Johnson is a stud and I think as sophs they could form the best backcourt in the league.
Dave, how does Calapari get 4 guys in the top 10 to come in the same year? I would think at least 2 of them risk losing the lime light significantly.
Dave Telep (2:29 PM)
James, the answer to this is remarkably simple. Coach Cal is the best in the country with recruiting one and dones. No one is as comfortable with the notion and embraces it better than him. Personally, I'm a worry wart and it would drive me crazy but he loves the chase and you can't argue with the results. No matter how many big timers they have they all get drafted highly if they're good enough. Powerful pitch.
Do you think Richard Peters will end up in the class of 11 or 12'?
Dave Telep (2:32 PM)
Richard Peters is a tough guy to track down. I don't know exactly where he is or what class he's in and that's not a good sign. He's a young man who has talent but must realize that without stability and a plan, things can take a turn the other way quickly. I'm not banging on him, but the fact that he's difficult to find doesn't inspire myself, as an evaluator, that he's going to be a big producer in college
which player in recent memory that was not in top 100 or 150 that proved to be a big time player?
Dave Telep (2:33 PM)
Jimmer Fredette. Adam Morrison. Steph Curry.
Dave what do you think about all 5 members of IUs 2012 class on the same aau team and how good can they be when they reach Bloomington
Dave Telep (2:35 PM)
Indiana has a lot of talented kids coming into the program in the coming years. It's tough to answer your question in advance because the commitments must remain hungry and not get complacent. I think the rebuild looks good in 2012 and 2013.
It seems NC really got a "gem" with the committment from point guard Paige. Your take on his talents and chances of him moving up in the rankings
Dave Telep (2:35 PM)
Mike, I think we have Marcus Paige ranked accordingly. Love his competitiveness and ability to both score and run a team. He's operating on a bum knee right now.
Would LJ Rose be a good candidate to be given the keys to run the DDMO for UK? Or would he be better in another system?
Dave Telep (2:37 PM)
LJ Rose is a chameleon. He fits just about anywhere. UK will likely need a PG unless NBA CBA states kids need to stay two years. Otherwise, Rose is the highest name on the board and that means he's a candidate for Lexington.
Any new info on New Zealender Steven Adams who committed to Pitt last summer?
Dave Telep (2:37 PM)
Brady, I don't know much about Adams but from what I've gathered, he could be the best post they've recruited and should be ready to play right away.
Dave, have you heard of Bartlett High's Anthlon Bell (Bartlett, Tenn.)? He's going to blow up the summer. High-major kid.
Dave Telep (2:38 PM)
I saw Bell last weekend. He had the most unique mohawk I've seen all year. He also sported one of the better strokes from last weekend's event. Is he a shooter or can he do more would be my question?
Bard Grubbenhoff (Cincinnati, OH)
Tell me how good this Shaquille Thomas projects to be for Cincy. Thanks!!!
Dave Telep (2:39 PM)
Shaquille Thomas gives Mick Cronin a slashing style wing whose best attribute is finishing around the basket. Think Corey Brewer body.
Is Rodney Purvis the best player in the class of 2012 after last weekend?
Dave Telep (2:40 PM)
Ethan, I'm a big Rodney Purvis fan but he's not the best prospect in the class. Right now, Andre Drummond, DaJuan Coleman and a parade of bigs are the guys. He had a great final few games but it would be premature to call him the best prospect.
If the NBA extends the limit, do you think top players like Andre Drummond may go overseas for 2 years rather than go to college for 2 years?
Dave Telep (2:41 PM)
Brady, I don't think the overseas route has been a great one for guys. However, in the case of Drummond, there's always a chance he's eligible earlier for the draft if say he was to graduate high school before his 2012 classmates. There's been rumblings of that.
JP (Columbus, OH)
Dave, how good can Baylor be next year now that Perry Jones is staying?
Dave Telep (2:43 PM)
Baylor can be very good next year if it can get steady point guard play and the chemistry of its star players comes together. Balancing basketball egos can be the most difficult job for a head coach and Baylor has all the talent it needs. I'm sure Scott Drew understands that chemistry is just as important.
E. Farrell (Ohio)
DT -- With mid-majors becoming more and more viable each season, was wondering if you could (a) give us your MM Top 10, and (b) give us a MM Top 10 recruiting classes?
Dave Telep (2:44 PM)
EF, courtesy of my main man Brendan "The Czar" Nolan at ESPN. UCF, Xavier, Gonzaga, Memphis, Houston, Charlotte, Western Ky, Butler, Harvard, FIU.
Kevin (Durham NC)
Hey Dave, do you think OSU is the leader for Tony Parker? Will Duke be able to sell him on being the next Brand or Boozer.
Dave Telep (2:45 PM)
Kevin, Tony Parker is a major target for a lot of teams. UNC turned up the heat on him. Duke would love to sign him. He's a really good post player because he's gotten into good shape, owns his rebounding area and has legitimate scoring moves. He kind of cracked the code on Nerlens Noel a little last weekend and that's hard to do.
smoochy49 (new york)
alex poythress. Chances for Vanderbilt?
Dave Telep (2:49 PM)
Smoochy, Alex Poythress is a smart kid. Stanford's in there on him as well. Vandy, I believe, was the first school to offer him and it stands an excellent chance with him but its a long road.
Word is the Lobos should land sleeper stud Jarion Henry tomorrow (Have you heard??). Does dropping him in a class with Cali stand out Dominique Dunning and Aussie point Hugh Greenwood give UNM the top class in the MWC again?
Dave Telep (2:50 PM)
Jarion Henry isn't a sleeper, we've known about him for a long time. Henry has Top 100 talent, that's for sure. There's been some questions about qualifying but his offensive skill set would beef up the Lobos attack. I like Dunning a lot, he may be very under rated and I haven't see Hugh Green though I'd gladly go to Australia and do a write up on him if ESPN would foot the bill.
Is Kaleb Tarczsekwski legit? and what schools are the favorites to land him?
Dave Telep (2:52 PM)
Huge Kaleb Tarczewski fan. Look, every time I've seen him vs legit size, he's cranked up his game to the level of the competition. Arizona's in there a little, Kansas has been a lot and if it ends early, KU seems like the favorite. Kentucky is also hanging in there amongst a big crowd.
John W (Pensacola, Florida)
Why do you think FSU has such a hard time getting a top tier point guard?
Dave Telep (2:52 PM)
John, I think FSU has a top tier point guard. I'd be very disappointed if Ian Miller doesn't make strides with his game.
Andre (Memphis, TN)
Why did Minnesota signee Andre Hollins not get a higher ranking than he did (I think he's in the 70's)? I've seen the kid play many times and he can go with anybody. Ask Findlay Prep who he flat out destroyed scoring 46 pts (their coach even said he's one of the best players they've ever played against). He also carried his high school team all year and competed for or won a state championship 3 out of the 4 yrs of his high school career
Dave Telep (2:53 PM)
Andre, I think we have Hollins ranked pretty highly. IMO, we did him right.
Do you think Anthony Davis would be the top pick in this years NBA Draft if he was eligible?
Dave Telep (2:54 PM)
Ryan, here's the question I asked NBA guys at the McDonald's game: if Anthony Davis was in this year's draft, where would he go? Some of them said No. 1. I think he'd go from 1-3 and no further than that.
2012 point guards (Bloomington)
Please comment on how we stack up to classes of the past. Would the best pg in 2012 even be better than a guy like Joe JAckson or Ryan Harrow coming out?
Dave Telep (2:56 PM)
I'll reserve all 2012 point guard evals until a later time. I think the best we can hope for is that the elite guys take it upon themselves to fight it out for the top spot. I like Rose, Paige, Ferrell and Arcidiacono but can't say there's a great deal of separation between them. That's what the next few months are for.
Moderator (2:56 PM)
Ok, we are going to squeeze in a few more questions.
Dave, can you talk about Georgetown's other recruits beyond Otto and Greg? Do you see any of Tyler Adams, Mikael Hopkins or Jabril Trawick making an impact as a freshman?
Dave Telep (2:58 PM)
Earl, I'm a HUGE Jabril Trawick fan. His toughness is how I like my wings wired up. The guy is pretty fearless. Adams will need time. Hopkins needs to gain his confidence back. Whittington could be a redshirt candidate and Porter, well, they're going to want to play him.
Do you see Dezmine Wells being an impact player from the day he steps on campus with him being an unreal athlete?
Dave Telep (2:59 PM)
Dezmine Wells might be the best tight end in America. He's definitely Xavier's top recruit and his physical prowess and style of play are right up Chris Mack's alley. This guy attacks the rim and should be a good defender. I think he's an impact kid as a sophomore.
Sam (Jax, FL)
Dave do you think Desmond Hubert ends up at UNC or Maryland? It's seems like with Henson and Zeller coming back and McAdoo coming in maryland might be the favorite. But we sure can use him at Carolina for backup center and insurance if someone get's hurt.
Dave Telep (3:00 PM)
Sam, I think Desmond Hubert has a big decision to make. UNC obviously has some big name bigs coming back. Does he see himself as a long term prospect or desire to play sooner? If he MUST play sooner, then he goes to Maryland. If he's patient he picks UNC. IMO, he's going to need seasoning at either place and I don't think he plays a ton as a freshman either way.
What do you think of the class Buzz Peterson built at UNC Wilmington? Where does his 'name' rank out there, with his time at Tennessee and playing in Chapel Hill?
Dave Telep (3:02 PM)
Buzz Peterson did one of the best coaching jobs in the CAA. The fact that one of his best friends is Michael Jordan actually doesn't do a ton for him though he's got great stories. To me, Buzz has a very good staff, excellent plan and name recognition with parents. There's a passionate fan base and UNC-W is in good hands.
Would Jimmer or Morrison have become big time players if they went to a school like Duke or Ohio State? In the same vein, should more big time players try the mid major route to improve their pro stock?
Dave Telep (3:03 PM)
Mike, I think the college selections of guys like The Jimmer, Seth Curry and Adam Morrison aided their development big time. To be great, you need opportunity and those guys were greenlighted a lot earlier at BYU, Davidson and Gonzaga than they would have been at Duke, UNC or Kentucky. Yes, I think it was a positive factor.
Dave Telep (3:03 PM)
Folks, nearly 500 questions came in today and apparently that's a recruiting record! I'm a pretty competitive person so thanks for taking this chat to a place where its never gone before! Tune in tomorrow on ESPNU as myself and Paul Biancardi break down the signing period at 2 p.m. ET! Thanks, DT