I’m waiting too

Have gotten a couple of emails wondering who USI’s men’s basketball team will be signing. Honestly, I have no idea. Coach Rodney Watson is pretty good about keeping stuff like that under wraps until he’s ready to talk about it. That said, I always remind people that recruiting in NCAA Division II hoops is nothing at all like the Division I brand everyone watches on television. D-II is often about signing the people who aren’t good enough for the big time or who have failed or been cast aside by D-I. It’s a brutal way of stating it, but it’s the truth. Often a D-II coach must wait to see who’s still available after the big boys (and not so big boys) have finished with their signings. Even then, it’s usually a matter of a coach convincing a player that Division II can be an excellent opportunity, a second chance or even a path to the pros, if the player proves he’s good enough. Recall that Keith DeWitt, USI’s 6-10 honorable mention all-American center last season, played only two games at Division I Southern Mississippi after originally expecting to play at Missouri. A coach can never really know what he’s getting when he signs a player in D-II until that player is in uniform. Even then, sometimes a player is gone before he ever dresses for a game. Frankly, it’s a crap shoot.

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