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Date Posted: 11:40:30 01/21/08 Mon
Subject: Relax Dude.....
In reply to:
's message, "Div 2 recriutment" on 08:26:20 01/21/08 Mon
Whoa dude RELAX,
I was simply pointing out that your overblowing his ablities in basketball. If you or anyone you ever knew had been recruited, you would know that once that process starts and your on a list from any school, you will continue to get contacts (mail, emails, phone calls, letters from alumni) until YOU tell them to stop.
This is true for D1, D2, D3 & NAIA
Only a foolish coach would give up on recruiting a player because of something he "heard". Any coach worth playing for would seek out the kid and verify that. It was YOUR assumption was that Zap was a D2 basketball player "if he concentrated on it". Well if he was anywhere near that good, certainly D3's would have been contacting him BEFORE he actually signed his LOI.
Last time I looked, a letter to express a coaches interest in a player only cost 41 cents! If he were anywhere near as good as YOU claim, he would have been on many schools lists long before he signed his LOI.
If you do not realize it, ALL D3 schools over recruit in all sports. They do not have the lure of athletic scholarships, so they never know until a student actually starts attending clesses, whether or not their commitment to playing at the school is truely real. The best the D3 colleges can do is offer up academic monies for their athletes. Coaches certainly do help some players get more money that way, but the kid actually has to have the grades to back it up.
A simple example of how "verbal commitments" are meaningless, take look at the Winchendon center, John Hegarty. He had verbally commited to URI, then backed out of it. Certainly he did not back out of it because noone was recruiting him anymore because he had commited. Obviously other coaches continued to recruit him even though he had told URI he would go there.
The same thing for Jamal Turner. He had commited to playing at Fairfield, and then re-opended his recruitment.
At the HS level, take a look at Jamie Ferillo of Spaulding, he is being recruited in three sports! Baseball, Hockey & golf. He is a potential D1 hockey player, but does that mean that all the college baseball coaches ignore him? I dont think so.
Even just a couple of years back, the Lapham kid at Souhegan was recruited by more than just Football teams.
He will most likely be a starting offensive lineman for BC next year. He was 6'8" and near 300 in HS and he was looked at by many schools for basketball. Noone said "oh well, he is a football player, so lets forget him". They recruited him until he told them he was not interested.
So your arguement that Zapenas was not recruited for basketball because he was a high level baseball player holds no water at all.
I'll say it again, Zap is a good HS basketball player no more & no less. He is a very good D1 baseball player and desrrves to be congratulated for that achievement!
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