Dad Also Rises
It's no longer shocking when a high school coach joins the State U staff the same year his star player enrolls there. ("We got to know Coach Blithers real good while we were recruiting Enselmo, and he's a right fine feller.") It's the fathers becoming college assistants as their superstar sons are being recruited that raises eyebrows. A few years ago Kansas bagged Danny Manning soon after his dad, Ed, joined Larry Brown's staff.
But things can go wrong. Last September, after Southern Cal's George Raveling hired LeRoy Ellis as an assistant, LeRoy's star son, LeRon, committed to Kentucky. LeJoke's on USC.
If It's Tuesday, You Must Be...
The Macon, Ga., apartment occupied by Mary Ann Manuel and her three sons was a popular destination this fall for college coaches from Florida to Colorado. One of Mary's sons is 6'6" Southwest High senior Eric Manuel, 18, perhaps the best schoolboy player the state of Georgia has ever seen and, by all accounts, a future star at point or shooting guard for any school in the country.
Preseason recruiting visits by college coaches were restricted this year to the period Sept. 2-Oct. 10, and Manuel's coach, Don (Duck) Richardson, insisted that Eric entertain guests in his home from only one school per day. Here's how Eric's 39 days went:
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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
See all those college coaches loitering by the picnic table? They're primping and preening for the teenagers at one of the many competition camps that clutter up the summer calendar. These camps are the recruiting world's Stop 'n' Shops, to which coaches and players—buyers and sellers—flock to ogle and be ogled at. In recent years such camps for big-time prospects have become:
?More widespread. Last summer there were more than 500 of them. They used to be concentrated in the East and Midwest, but Bill Cronauer opened up new vistas in the deep, rural South with his B/C All-Stars Camp in Georgia.