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« Reply #16650 on: July 17, 2017, 10:20:02 am »

Well, a few things, just to engender discussion:

1. Fordham historically did a lot of recruiting out of NYC area high schools, and it seems that the talent levels there have dropped, for demographic and other reasons. Even Tom Pecora, who'd made his bones on recruiting the City and environs, found himself going outside the immediate area for recruits (Rochester, Boston, Montreal, to name a few destinations). And, for the talent remaining in NYC area high schools, the pool is being extensively fished.

2. A lot of the elite players get siphoned off into prep schools (a goodly number of them in New Jersey) where we haven't historically had much clout (despite having some alumni in these schools' coaching ranks).

3. We are disfavored by academic pressures, recent low success levels, and (dare I say) facilities issues.  These are well known among area players, and are used by a lot of rival coaches as "oppo".

4. Our current head coach and his assistants did not have a profile of recruiting the area in the years before coming to Rose Hill. Mike DePaoli is young. We might be suffering a "fish out of water" phenomenon, to some extent.

5. Factors 1 through 4 are greatly diminished, if not eliminated altogether, when we go after foreign recruits.

Some really good points here.

In regards to #1, I'm always curious to compare skill-set of contemporary signings. I know what Fatty McMillan looked like in the gym on Day 1, I know what Fatty McMillan looked like against A10 competition. I'm curious to compare that with Hicks. I know what Frazier looked like in the gym on Day 1. I'm curious to compare that with Evans, and so forth...For the most part, I believe the primary issue has been player development (yes, there are exceptions; particularly recently); not necessary recruiting. So much of the talent is watered down and comparable; it's the internal development that sets a program apart (particularly for one that can't land the high-end A10 name that has several high-major offers)

#3 - As Ace said, it's huge, the biggest factor(s) make for a really compelling case to stay away from Rose Hill.
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