VM: The NCAA restricts what coaches can say about recruiting prior to signing day. First, can you talk about what you're allowed to say?
Coach Norman: Before signing, the NCAA has limited us
in visiting anything regarding the potential student athletes. All we
can do is confirm the recruitment of particular individuals, but we
can't talk about whether they have committed, have not committed. That's
all left up to the newspapers and any other media outlets that wish to
pursue those sorts of things.
VM: The local media have reported four verbal commitments. [VM
shows her a copy of Women's
Hoops Gets Another Verbal] Do you think we should trust the
Coach Norman: I can confirm that they are on our
recruiting list. Yes. That's about all I can confirm. I can't tell you if
they have or have not committed, and you'd be a better judge of whether
you can trust the media or not.
VM: If those reports are accurate, in November we'll have four
signees. What are the chances that we'll have more than four
Coach Norman: The chances are very great. I would say
VM: What do you think the maximum number of signess we might
have would be?
Coach Norman: I'm not quite sure at this point. It's
just going to depend on the evolvement of some of the people we're
interested in. We're not going to fill the scholarships just for the sake of
filling them, but if the right people confirm that they'd like to come,
then we'll use them up. So more than anything it just really depends on
the fit. If those particular individuals we're recruiting say "yes",
then we'll use them up. Right now with the reported commitments, if those
indeed hold true, I wouldn't mind ending there, either.
VM: So it could be four, five, or six . . .?
Coach Norman: Yes.
VM: Are there any particular kinds of players you're going hard
after at this point?
Coach Norman: I would say that we're looking at some
perimeter players first and foremost, especially some shooting guards
and people who can step up and hit some three's consistently, both at the
off-guard position and the wing position. So I would say right now
that's our main emphasis. Also obviously we have a big hole to fill in the
middle so I think if you were to ask me two positions that are critical
with some remaining scholarships that we might have, I would say those
are the two spots that we're going to emphasize looking towards the
last few spots.
VM: Can you talk about what it's like recruiting for
Vanderbilt? What's easy and what's hard about it?
Coach Norman: Well, I've told everyone this has been
the most fun I've ever had in a summer, and that's because the response
of the kids has been tremendous. It's no longer a situation where you
kind of have to pull teeth and prod and beg to get them to listen to
some of the great points about your institution. This institution speaks
for itself, so that's really been a great selling point.
Obviously some of the tougher points are the competition is now much
stiffer. The pool of applicants, per se, is much smaller because we're
going after some of the top players in the country, and so that makes it
a little bit more difficult. But one of the reasons I took this job was
to see how good to see how good we, as a staff, could be, and I feel
like on the whole that things have been progressing very nicely and for
the amount of time we've had and with the trip to Italy, I couldn't be
happier with how things are going at this stage.
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