Chat with Paul Biancardi
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, Scouts Inc.'s basketball recruiting expert Paul Biancardi will stop by to talk about college basketball's future stars.
Biancardi, who spent 2007-08 as an assistant coach on Rick Majerus' staff at Saint Louis University, is the national recruiting director for ESPN Scouts Inc. He has 18 years of 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.
Send your questions now and join Biancardi Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
Moderator (1:57 PM)
Hello everyone, thanks for all your questions. Keep them coming. I am just about to get Paul on the phone.
Paul Biancardi (2:00 PM)
The most exciting time of the year for the future of college bball has just passed. We had a tremendous amount of excitement, so lets get to the questions.
Now that Memphis officially has the #1 recruiting class, do you think they will get the exposure and credit they deserve on a national level like Duke, NC, or UK?
Paul Biancardi (2:03 PM)
Good afternoon Courtney, Memphis will get the national exposure and credit they deserve. Having great recruiting classes like Memphis did is a double-edged sword because they will be expected to win on a national level in a short period of time due to their great recruiting. As a coach I know, as great as talent has everyone must be patient as they grow under Josh Pastner and his staff.
What are the chances of Roscoe Smith gong to Duke?
Paul Biancardi (2:03 PM)
Hey, Jesse Duke has a great chance along with GTown and Conn. I'm sure Duke is putting on the press after not landing Harrison Barnes.
Hey paul Does texas have a shot at landing corey joseph and are any other recruits on there radar right now also
Paul Biancardi (2:05 PM)
Hi Nick, Joseph is one Texas would love to have. They are right in the mix with Minn., UNLV and Villanova. I would also be very excited about Tristan Thompson from the Class of 2010 playing great right now at Findlay Prep.
With all the AAU b-ball being played now and it basically being nothing more than an audition for college coaches, does it ever get tiring or feel like a rat race sometimes with all the tournaments and representation that some players are being given?
Paul Biancardi (2:08 PM)
AAU bball is half of the equation and an important half. College coaches always like to evaluate players in an environment where there great competition,talent and athletic ability. It gives the college coach another pportunity to see a player not during the high school year. At times, it can get overwhelming and it does seem like there is a lot going on, but that has become the nature of the sport and business of recruiting as its being played year round. I would like to see the NCAA spread out recruiting periods in the spring and shutdown July even more.
Jose Gonzales (Livingston, California)
Hi Paul, do you think Duke will land Roscoe Smith now that Harrison Barnes committed to North Carolina?
Paul Biancardi (2:09 PM)
I think Duke has a great shot.
KLT (Memphis, TN)
I watched your recruiting program on ESPNU and love the show. Last night you talked about everyone BUT the #1 recruiting class in Memphis. A first year head coach taking over from Calipari no less deserved some mention by you guys agreed? You talked more about how Ohio State was NO longer #1 than you did about the fact that Memphis was the new #1.
Paul Biancardi (2:13 PM)
Hey KLT, thanks for watching the show and the love. If you watched our signing day show, we interviewed Cosch Pastner and gave him a great deal of much deserved credit as a first-year head coach. Each week on recruiting insider we will talk about all of the recruiting that goes on and coach Pastner will get plenty of attention. If you go to espn.com/basketballrecruiting you will be able to read all about Josh Pastner and his class. He did a phenomenal job.
Derrick (Memphis, TN)
Memphis 2010 Recruiting Class was a tremendous success and has the entire town buzzing with anticipation. What do you think of the Tigers chances of landing Johnny O'Bryant of Cleveland, MS who is regarded as the #1 Center in the Class of 2011?
Paul Biancardi (2:16 PM)
I know coach Pastner is making O'Bryant and Adonis Thomas top priorities. Thomas is a 6-5 SF who is explosive and should be the next great player in the Tenn. high school ranks. Coach Pastner has already shown the ability and the importance of keeping the local players at home. Look for him to land one, if not both of these guys.
Deborah, Memphis Tn. [via mobile]
Hi Paul, I'm a huge Memphis fan. I was wondering what you think about the great recruiting job that Josh Pastner is doing at MEMPHIS. Go Tigers!!
Paul Biancardi (2:18 PM)
Hey Deborah, more Memphis love -- and well deserved. I've known coach Pastner since he was a player in high school. He was destined to become a coach because he has the passion and the drive for his vocation. He's been well groomed over the years and now has an opportunity to show what he has worked for his whole life. He is doing a great job now and will in the future to keep Memphis in the national spotlight.
Wes (Soddy Daisy,TN )
Hey Paul, with the signing of Tobias Harris, how bright is the Vols future and do you think they will pick up another top tier recruit? thanks!!
Paul Biancardi (2:21 PM)
Hey Wes, the Vols come up huge last night!! You are going to love Harris as a player and person. He's an impact recruit. Pearl has a great class with Trae Golden and Jordan McRae, who are outstanding perimeter scorers and a PF in Harris that can create tremendous mismatch opportunities.
Better class: Oden, Conley, Cook... or Sullinger, Thomas, Smith...Go Bucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paul Biancardi (2:24 PM)
Hey Mike, thats an unbelievably great question. I think Oden, Conley and Cook had a great impact but then they were gone. The new trio should stay longer but its going to be tough to match the Oden, Conley class. So that one gets the slight edge.
How do your recruiting service go about finding and giving young prospects the exposure they dont have?
Paul Biancardi (2:27 PM)
Hey Corey, our staff which is nationwide goes to high school, spring and summer events. Through attending them and talking to college and high school coaches we usually find all prospects that have a chance to play Division I Bball. But we also rely on people sending us info. You can contact our director of bball operations Brendan Nolan - Brendan.x.Nolan.-ND@espn.com.
Dustin Maguire (Kentucky)
Hey Paul. My name is Dustin Maguire. I spent a season playing for you at Saint Louis University. I just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your posts on the site. I was wondering what you thought of this year's freshman class at Kentucky? I am playing for D2 Northern Kentucky and am really excited about playing in and watching the upcoming college basketball season. I'd love to talk some basketball with you if you get the time.
Paul Biancardi (2:30 PM)
Hey Dustin, great to hear from you. I enjoyed our time together at St. Louis University and thanks for your kind words. KY's freshman class is at a whole different level because they have four players (Orton, Bledsoe, Wall and Cousins) chance to make it in the NBA at some day, which is remarkable but not surprising based on Caliparis' recruiting ability. Some will make it sooner than onthers. Great to hear from you and best of luck at Northern KY. I know you'll do well. Keep in touch.
Do you think when players orally commit as early as freshman year they get cocky and not play to their full potential?
Paul Biancardi (2:32 PM)
Dear Matt, I think theres an element with young players that they get somewhat complacent, which is unfortunate when they make their commitment that early. Happens to some, not all. i think commiting as a freshman is way too early.
Paul, what do you think of the recruits that Steve Alford has brought to NM the last few years? Dramatic change from the last two coaches. The program appears to be on it's way up. Thanks
Paul Biancardi (2:34 PM)
Alford has done a remarkanble job. I love Alex Kirk coming in next year he's a big 6-10 guy with the ability to rebound, makes strong outlet passes and a nice jumper. Everyone at NM is fortunate to have Alford who is a great coach and an outstanding person.
Where do you think T Jones ends up? He would really fit in well with the run n gun Dawgs!
Paul Biancardi (2:35 PM)
I believe T Jones will end up at KY, Wash or Oklahoma.
Daniel, Ca [via mobile]
Please tell me there is more help on the way at UCLA, that Fullerton game was disgusting to watch.
Paul Biancardi (2:37 PM)
Hey Dan, what's up in the West Coast. Please don't worry about UCLA when Ben Howland is in charge. His 2010 class I know is tremendous Tyler Lamb is a scoring guard who plays with poise and confidence. Josh Smith is a 6-9 300-pound true center who in time with cond. and coaching will be a dominant force in the Pac-10. This is a trememndous two-man class. Just relax about the Fullerton game, it's early young teams need time to work out the kinks.
anthony (san antonio)
anything on dan bejarino..ever since he opted out of UT i hadnt heard any new news about him
Paul Biancardi (2:38 PM)
Hey Anthony, he has signed with Arizona after his decommit from Texas. He is one of the best long range shooters in the Class of 2010.
Will Syracuse nab either of the two remaining PGs: Knight or Selby?
Paul Biancardi (2:40 PM)
The Orange are heavily in the mix with KY and Kansas.
Anton (Jersey City)
Who is the better G/F combo coming into college next year? Barnes and Bullock or Kendrick and Barton?
Paul Biancardi (2:42 PM)
Anton, your putting me on the spot but here it goes. I'm going to favor Barnes and Bullock slightly. Bullock with a great stroke and an NBA-ready body and Barnes so complete offensively. However, Kendrick and Barton are outstanding in their own rght.
sam(miami) [via mobile]
hey. down here in florida we have alot of talent. what schools do you see dipping into the sunshine state for talent
Paul Biancardi (2:45 PM)
Hey Sam, Fla. is a great state for athletes and talent. There are many schools that go in there. Most of the SEC goes there because they compete against the Gators. ACC schools will also come in there and try to compete with FSU and Miami. And some Big East schools because of USF.
guinness (New York)
Do you think that Duke has lost its recruiting edge in the past few years? Granted, I'm a UNC fan but it seems that Ol' Roy is miles past Coach K in the ability to recruit...
Paul Biancardi (2:50 PM)
First of all, your talking about two HOF elite coaches and programs. In the past few years, I think Duke has recruited exceptionally well and have brought in major talent. UNC has as well. When you see national championships that equates to tremend recruiting and theres no doubt that UNC has been at the very top winnign championships and in the recruiting circles. Duke has exper. the same amount of success, but without the recent national championships. Duke has not lost its edge, but UNC has been phenomenal. Everything has its swings in time.
David (Athens, GA)
So Paul, any hope for Georgia in the near future?
Paul Biancardi (2:53 PM)
How bout those Dawgs? There is definitely hope. Mark Fox did a great job at Nevada, but he will need some time. In the SEC you don't just blaze your way to the top, especially because Fox has to establish his contacts in the Southeast. They have a good commit in 2010 class Cady LaLane. He's a 6-8 ATH from FLA whos an active rebounder.
Paul, Can you give your thoughts on the Syracuse class coming in next year?
Paul Biancardi (2:57 PM)
I love the Syracuse class. TREMENDOUS size with Fab Melo as a true seven-foot center who will be a dominant force defensively and low-scoring threat in time. CJ Fair, an athletic wing who can shoot it and has great length. Baye Moussa Keita, a 6-11 shot blocker. And then you add Dion Waiters a 6-4 SG who can beat people with 3s or off the dribble. This class will help bing Syracuse a Big East championship and a deep run in the NCAA Tourny.
Dustin (Suffield, CT)
Hey Paul, Outta Knight Lamb Joseph and Smith who is most likely to commit to Uconn?
Paul Biancardi (2:58 PM)
I would say Lamb because its close to home.
Hey, I heard Quincy Miller was at Cameron the other day for the Coastal Carolina game. What are his chances of going to Duke? Also, just how good can he be?
Paul Biancardi (3:00 PM)
I think because he is in Winston Salem he will be hard for anyone to take him out of ACC country with Duke, UNC, Wake and NC State ion the backyard. He is fabulous and rapidly improving as he is just coming off a wrist injury. He can shoot threes, beat you off the dribble and has a good feel for the game at a young age. Reminds me of Kevin Durant!
jonathan (chapel hill)
Will Harrison Barnes be a one and done or will his interest in academics and desire to win a championship keep him here for longer than one year?
Paul Biancardi (3:03 PM)
Great question, if you were to project it will all depend on how he plays as a freshman. If he has a strong fresh year he will be a lottery pick. If that's not the case he will stay one more year, try to win a championship and become a lottery pick. He's not in a hurry to leave, so it would have to be and ideal draft position, which is of lottery status.
Rick (Winchester Kentucky)
Who has a better jump on next years class of recruits UNC, UK, Kansas or Duke?
Paul Biancardi (3:06 PM)
As of today, for the class of 2011. UNC has James McAdoo who is an outstanding PF/SF and PJ Hairston - a big time SG. Leads the way currently. But recruiting is not a sprint, its a marathon.
Paul Biancardi (3:07 PM)
It was a great early signing period. Thanks for following us on ESPNU and ESPN.com/basketballrecruiting. We look forward to hearing from you again soon.