Things happen quickly in basketball recruiting. Sometimes, they happen too quickly. Take Tuesday night for instance. Scout.com reported that Eric Bledsoe had committed to Ole Miss. After speaking with the prospect and writing the story, it was bedtime.
Imagine the surprise the next morning when checking your phone and the following text message comes over the wire: "Sorry, it's late but this kid just called me and told me that he changed his mind."
"He did it too fast and didn't think it all the way through," Birmingham Ice coach Ava Herndon told Scout.com.
To recap: Bledsoe committed to Ole Miss, thought about it for two hours and decided he'd made the wrong decision. While its not the first time we've seen that happen, it is amongst the swiftest of turnarounds we've seen.
What's next? Alabama was strong in with Bledsoe and its reasonable to assume the Crimson Tide will be formidable in the end.
Late Tuesday Night:
The Ole Miss Rebels secured a commitment from one of Scout.com's Top 100 players in the Class of 2009.
"I think it's the best spot for me," Bledsoe said. "Coach is going to let me do what I can do."
"They've been in the picture," Birmingham Ice coach Ava Herndon said. "They came back strong in July and as soon as they could get up here this year they came in every chance they could."
Ranked No. 73 in the current senior class, is regarded by Scout.com as one of the biggest winners amongst his peers. A quiet young man who leads by example, Bledsoe's run began in the spring and continued through the summer as his team won games. Clearly, Bledsoe is one of the nation's best leaders.
"It's his ability to win games," Herndon said. "The thing about Eric is a lot of the top point guards win games. But, no one does it without unranked players like Eric did. He just wins ball games and that's how I think point guards should be measured, on the number of wins."