June 2008 Archives

Diamond Taylor's Transfer Could End Up Benefitting Many

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By Roy & Harv Schmidt

We do not know all of the particulars behind why Diamond Taylor recently decided to transfer from St. Joseph to Bolingbrook. Therefore, this blog is not going to be about whether Taylor made the right or wrong decision and if it was in his best interest. Instead, we are going to focus on how we think several people at both Bolingbrook and St. Joseph could end up being aided by this move, especially in the long run.

Chris Colvin Quietly Climbing The Ranks

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By Roy & Harv Schmidt

Before others misinterpret what we are about to say, let us emphasize that we still believe Warren's Brandon Paul is the #1 player in the state from the class of 2009. However, Whitney Young's Chris Colvin is rapidly making a strong push for that spot. And we are not saying that based on one game--we are saying it based on the solid performances that he has turned out throughout the spring.

Team Shootout In Champaign Could Reveal A Lot

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By Roy & Harv Schmidt

As scouts and talent evaluators, you never want to put too much emphasis on a single event. However, make no mistake about it--when it comes to being able to sort out and fine-tune our evaluations of the elite players in Illinois from the classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011, this Sunday's high school team shootout on the campus of the University Of Illinois is absolutely huge. In fact, in many ways it offers us the ideal environment in which to evaluate players.

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

As we have indicated before, it is a common tendency for plenty of others who evaluate high school basketball players to fall in love with a player on the basis of a single game performance. All too often the mentality is one which consists of "what have you done for me lately?" That mentality may be suitable for talk radio and the tabloids, but not for anyone who wants to operate a legitimate scouting service. Anyone who needs to see examples of what we are talking about needs to look no further than others' current evaluations of the class of 2011 in Illinois.

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