The 411 - 11.11.03
In the crazy world of college basketball recruiting, internet guru's, services or self proclaimed experts evaluate prospects across the country. With one day left before National Letter of Intent signing day all of them are busy compiling lists, ranking the top classes and ready to put together the top unsigned players into a pool for coaches for the late signing period. A select few have been around over the years and have earned the respect of college coaches, the top being hoopscooponline.com. Hoopmasters.com and PrepStars.com are also top national sites. But one service has stood out over the last 6 years and I am 99% sure you have never heard of it, or he! They have no website, no advertising budget, nor do they have a staff of assistants evaluating players with no experience. They is actually a "he" and the company name is Networx Basketball Recruiting Service. He is a former Director of Minor League Scouting for the San Francisco Giants, former college basketball coach, and master at "networking". Dave Nahabedian is the name, but college and NBA coaches across the country know him as "Naha". He is regarded as the BEST in the business.
If you're a player and get on his "list" you will GET RECRUITED.
"Naha" and I began our coaching career back in 1983, he as a graduate assistant at San Francisco State University and I as an assistant coach. SFSU is where I fist met "Naha" and us "young pups" both started out in the wacky world of recruiting.
Every NCAA Division I program west of the Rockies subscribes to Networx, and the majority east do as well. DII and NAIA schools look to Networx for players as do a number of NBA teams looking for potential draft choices, or they use his evaluation down the road to look at a kid after his freshman campaign.
Networx is also the reason Lee Cummard saw his stock skyrocket this summer. "Naha" jumped on the Cummard bandwagon early and we all know the rest. Cummard was ranked the #1 2G in the west, and first Arizona player ever who earned the recognition as the top at any position.
Lee Cummard evaluation sent out to College and NBA teams by Networx:
HM+ - Lee Cummard - 6'6 - 2G - Mesa (AZ) HS - will sign with either Arizona State or BYU
long wiry BB frame w/ good shoulders…very skinny now, but toughness & aggression override build…
excellent athlete & agility…3 pt range w/ good stroke & lift…fearless finisher who gets to rim easily…
body, length & athleticism remind me of a young Brent Barry, but better jumpshot & defender same stage….
true 2/3 wing…rebounds & defends…ballskills are good…very good BB player w/ definite NBA upside.
School: 1630 E. Southern Ave. - 85204 - Coach Shawn Lynch - XXX-XXX-XXXX
Home: XXXX XXXXX. - Mesa, AZ 85204 - XXX-XXX-XXXX
Dave spends the day (all day) on the phone talking with assistants and compiling his reports which he only sends out via email. He is definitely not interested in publicity (he vehemently denied my request for this article) and is only concerned with providing the most complete and accurate evaluation of the prospects.
As the State of Arizona earns the respect nationwide of it's ability to generate top DI prospects, Networx will be there evaluating all of them.
Arizona Prospects signing Wednesday with NCAA DI School:
Lee Cummard: BYU
Chad Goldstein: UC Davis (DI in 2 years)
Germaine Calvin: Utah
Matt Refner: NAU
Arizona will have at least 4 players inking a LOI Wednesday, and I anticipate more in April during the late signing period. "Naha" will be traveling to Arizona this season and cover numerous players (Prep & Juco) as well as his most important evaluation time, the Club season.
This week we continue our coverage of the top teams in Arizona and player profiles of some of the best.
Mesa, Marcos de Niza, Brophy will headline our team previews. With more toward the end of the week.
Players profiles on 6'4" Sr. Michael Baker of St. Mary's High School, Kevin Schneider of Brophy and Justin Ashbaugh of Saguaro High School will begin our player coverage, with more at the end of the week!
Our coverage will begin Tuesday night!
First thing Wednesday morning we will be publishing our 411 with some "Small Ball" tidbits and some other exclusive 411 on Arizona Prep Hoops!
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