Top prospects offer an inside look at the wild world of recruiting (cont.)
How early did you commit?
Bullock: I committed two weeks after I got offered. It was good. If I didn't commit to UNC, I told myself I would have gone with Wake Forest, and I'm glad I didn't do that since what just happened with their coaching staff.
Thomas: I committed freshman year.
Waiters: Summer heading into ninth grade. I never saw a letter or anything, but my cousin "Scoop" Jardine was committing there and my coach asked me if I wanted to go. All of a sudden like 20 scouting people were calling me and congratulating me. I was done before I played a high school game.
Why commit early? Who should commit late?
Bullock: I just wanted to get my books right for college.
Thomas: To take all the pressure off your back and the colleges offering you all that stuff that you don't need.
Waiters: I didn't want to be second-guessing myself
Smith: I committed late since I wanted to make sure whichever coach I put my career in their hands would do me right. All the other pressure did not mean anything to me; it doesn't faze me.
How often do agents try to get your attention?
Waiters: You'll come across a lot. They should just go through your family. They are putting their career and ours in jeopardy when they come up to you. If you fall off, they just move on to the next one.
Thomas: They trying to get the best. They're trying to get you early as a part of their job. I was 14 or 15 when someone first tried to approach me.
Waiters: I was 15.
Smith: I was 15.
Bullock: I was 16 and it was on Facebook. I knew they try to go after the top players. I just sent it to my coach and he told the guy that Reggie's just a student trying to get everything in order for college.
What do you think of all the coaching changes?
Waiters: Look at John Calipari. He said he would never leave Memphis, but he wasn't loyal to his players at Memphis. He got offered more money and then he rode on them. It was a recession, you know.
Bullock: When they send all that mail, they should include the information about their job status that is being talked about in their basketball offices.
Thomas: It's crazy, but they have to get their money. It's all a business out there.
Smith: I agree with Deshaun.
Is announcing your decision on television still an attractive option?
Waiters: The girls see you. Of course.
Thomas: Your mom can see you're doing something right.
Best player that you have gone up against?
Smith: When I visited Georgetown and I scrimmaged against Greg Monroe, I saw just how talented he is. I didn't know he could do all that.
Waiters: This year's No. 1 draft pick, John Wall. It was at Peach Jam and they said he got a triple double, but I didn't see all that. I got 22 points and the win.
Thomas: I'll go with the No. 2 draft pick, Evan Turner. I went up against him on a visit, and he just showed everything. He got me, and dunked on me. He's just good, man. That dude really got game. He's got handle. Nobody was there to see him dunk on me. He's the best player out there.
Bullock: Wayne Ellington. You never know when he's going to shoot it. He's got that hesitation. He's got sneaky bounce, too.
What would you change about the recruiting process?
Bullock: I would only let one coach in the gym at a time. Not have more than one trying to talk to you during the evaluation period.
Thomas: They should eliminate the assistant coaches. It should just be the head coach. He should be the one commenting to you
Waiters: I like all the coaches there. I think it really draws out the best in you.