2001 Recruiting Year: A-Z

It was a wild 2001 recruiting year. We saw a record number of high schoolers enter the NBA Draft, regained the services of Rick Pitino and Bob Knight and watched the coaching carousel spin wildly for the second straight year. Here's a fun look at the 2001 recruiting season in review.

Atlas It's what you need to track players who left the defunct Emmanuel Academy program. Players continued their careers in programs on both coasts.

Buffaloes Did anyone really believe David Harrison's brother redshirted two years ago to work on his shooting? Of course not. He was going to play a year with his brother.

Coup Louisville scored its biggest recruit of the year when it recruited superstar recruiter Mick Cronin away from Cincinnati. Distance Here's to hoping Rolando De La Berrera and the Berkshire School can get some home games next year. 15 passenger vans from Florida to North Carolina can't be fun to ride in all the time.

Energy The new regime at North Carolina hit the recruiting trail with a new sense of purpose and in turn can pop the champagne for a job well done.

Football Marcus Spears, Greg Tinch, Charles Frederick and Adrian McPherson signed football LOI's but want to hoop it up too.

Gators "Billy The Kid" struck again as the Gators loaded up on talent, thus insuring another run at the title in the next few seasons.

Handcuffs The NCAA's "5/8" rule basically prohibits many schools from reaching the 13 scholarship limit. Life isn't fair and some things make little sense.

Internet Advances in technology led to Internet becoming the most powerful medium for dispersing recruiting information we've ever seen.

Jackets Paul Hewitt's bunch hit the ground running with a recruiting class built around players perfectly equipped to play his style of basketball.

Kinship Finally Travis Watson will have some friends on the low blocks at Virginia. Pete Gillen was happy to add Jason Clark and Elton Brown to the mix.

Leadership Tom Crean can't be more ecstatic to have Travis Diener aboard for next season. The little fella has a big heart and is clutch.

Mercedes Rick Barnes might have signed a Ford, but in reality TJ is a luxury recruit who brings a track record of winning to a talented Texas team.

No-brainer Michigan State has the Flint pipeline working. Kelvin Torbert didn't fool anybody when he decided to play for Tom Izzo.

Okafor Uche and Emeka gave us something to read about this spring as the two big men were prize spring signing period catches.

Pitino He's back and Louisville is going to be as imposing as ever on the recruiting trail. The Cardinals closed the spring period strong.

Quan If you've seen Jerry McGuire, you know quan is a reference to the almighty dollar. This year, plenty of preps said, "show me the money."

Rally That's exactly what Minnesota did to land Rick Rickert. The Duluth prospect committed to Arizona but a few late night chats in Minneapolis swayed him.

Scandal Dajuan Wagner's pursuit of 100 points in a single game didn't come without intense criticism from the media and other high school coaches.

Tyson The Dominguez center became the first high school player since Tracy McGrady in 1997 to skip the McDonald's All-American Game.

Unfocused Robert Whaley's high school career was interrupted by a brush with the law. It's a shame because with a little determination he has NBA talent.

Visits Has anyone in the history of college basketball recruiting taken more unofficial visits in his time than Mississippi State signee Marcus Campbell?

War The recruitment of Julius Hodge was as big a battle among some of the heavy hitters on the college scene.

X-Rated If Bobby Knight's Texas Tech press conference would have been carried on HBO, it would have been better than any Eddie Murphy show.

Yawn See below. Zilch In 2001, there were fewer big-name prospects available in the spring period than ever.

Zilch In 2001, there were fewer big-name prospects available in the spring period than ever.


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