Instincts can top rankings
November, 30, 2010
By Mike LaPlante, ESPN Recruiting
Sometimes a coach has got to let go of the national rankings and trust his instincts. On the national recruiting scene, a player's value is always strongly associated with lists, be it a top 100, or top 25, it always seems to come back to the lists. While watching some great completion between many elite level players at the Thanksgiving Hoop Fest in Duncanville, Texas (just outside of Dallas) last weekend, I had the chance to watch Provine (Miss.) High School's Jarvis Summers and it reminded me of a conversation I had this summer with Summers' future college coach, Mississippi's Andy Kennedy. "It doesn't matter where a kid is ranked," Kennedy told me at the AAU Nationals. "What matters is if a coach thinks a player can play and thinks that that player fits into his program and can help his program win games."