Shaka Smart, Mark Turgeon and Kevin Ollie will be three of college basketball's busiest recruiters in the coming days.
But they won’t be at AAU events in Las Vegas. Or Orlando. Or Kansas City. Or anywhere on American soil, for that matter.
Those three coaches will be in Chile with USA Basketball's U18 team, with Smart leading the way and Ollie and Turgeon as his two assistant coaches. While their counterparts will be running around the United States looking to reel in the next crop of recruits, Smart, Ollie and Turgeon have several of their biggest 2017 targets with them on the trip to South America. Moreover, Smart and Turgeon will also have extra help: incoming Texas freshmen Jarrett Allen and James Banks both made the team, while Maryland freshman Kevin Huerter was also selected.