Friday, October 5, 2007

NURSERY RECRUITING RHYMES?

UNC just inked a commitment with sophomore Kendall Marshall (left) while speculation swirls around about top prospect Iman Shumpert’s visit to Chapel Hill.

Marshall is beginning his sophomore year at Arlington (Va.) O'Connell High, but he already knows where he is going to college. Marshall, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound basketball point guard, committed to Carolina on Wednesday afternoon.


Marshall, 15, started as a freshman on an O'Connell team that reached the Virginia state independent finals. He also was the first freshman to ever start on the Boo Williams All-Stars club team. UNC was Marshall's childhood favorite, but he already had offers from Wake Forest, Villanova, Georgetown, Virginia, Ohio State, Connecticut and Pittsburgh. Marshall is believed to be the youngest player ever to commit to UNC or to coach Roy Williams.

At the same time, UNC is investigating whether there were recruiting violations during Iman Shumpert's visit to Chapel Hill. The guard from Oak Park, Ill., told the [News &] Observer he spoke with and played pickup basketball against NBA players Raymond Felton, Sean May and Marvin Williams during his official visit.
NCAA rules forbid reps of a school's athletics interests from making recruiting contacts.

However, May and Williams are both taking classes at UNC, so they are also students. And students can have contacts with potential students. Felton recently said he never actually spoke to Shumpert (right).

It’s OK, ‘cause our home boys in Kansas are keepin’ it real ez to follow the rules: NCAA rules for non-students allow only for "unavoidable incidental contact" involving "normal civility."

In a related item, Bill Krxzdcvbgr4ski, brother of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzmklpy6ski, has authored a new book titled: Pre-Natal Recruiting: Marketing To The Womb and Unfertilized Eggs. “If we can get the school’s message and recruiting pitch to the unfertilized egg,” said Krxcsdwqak8ski (doesn’t matter which one), “We can even undermine paternal influence, and that will make a coaches job that much easier.”

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