Cyprien says recruiting more challenging now

Kentucky assistant coach Glynn Cyprien doesn't like to say recruiting is harder now. He prefers to call it more challenging.

Kentucky assistant coach Glynn Cyprien doesn't like to say recruiting is harder now. He prefers to call it more challenging.

"The Internet, blogs and message boards have made it harder in some ways and maybe easier in some ways, too. The good part is that it profiles kids and gives them some recognition. But there can also be such negativity put out there in terms of recruiting that it does make it challenging. So many things can be untrue and make it challenging because it's hard to fight the Internet," Cyprien said.

"The other thing is that the mid-level schools are so much better in terms of recruiting and getting transfers. It has got challenging, and probably will just keep getting more challenging." Cyprien says he spends far more time now trying to also project how a player will fit in with the program rather than just evaluating talent because of the increased exposure, especially at a school like Kentucky.

"Now you have to really focus in and see how kids not only fit on the floor, but how they fit the profile of your team," the Kentucky assistant said. "Will they be good teammates? I think the other thing I really look at is if they can handle the pressure of being at a big-time university and all the stress that come with it. Some guys can't do it. They can be good players, but they have problems handling stress at a place like Kentucky or North Carolina. You have to take all that into consideration and not just get only the best player talent-wise. It has to be a good overall fit, too."

Even then, it takes more counseling with young players on a daily basis to help them adjust to college basketball.

"It is a day to day confidence thing with players. Guys don't understand why they aren't successful. We are constantly counseling guys that we don't let our guys worry about stats and that getting better is all that matters," Cyprien said. "That is a big deal with Coach. Handling the media, handling questions, handling what is thrown at your from different people is not easy for every young player. We tell them people may try to get with you and cause problems. We want to everything keep in the family and let our guys know it is a daily deal to stay focused and worry only about getting better."


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