Keating in Rivals.com Top 25 Hoops Recruiters for 2005
June 7, 2005
(From Chris Wallace, Rivals.com Editor) - They are the men who work behind the scenes, scouring the nation for talented players before putting the full-court press on their top targets.
Those men are assistant college basketball coaches and some have differentiated themselves as the best in the business when it comes to getting things done on the recruiting trail. The top 25 recruiters in the game today, including UCLA assistant coach Kerry Keating, as chosen by Rivals.com's basketball recruiting experts Tim Watts, Justin Young and Jerry Meyer, are listed in alphabetical order below.
On Wednesday morning, Rivals.com will release its National Basketball Recruiter of the Year.
Rivals.Com Top 25 Hoops Recruiters for 2005
Gene Cross, Virginia
Before following Dave Leitao to Virginia, Cross was integral in reeling three top prospects from across the country to DePaul. Texan wing forward Rashad Woods and Michigan natives Jabari Currie and Wilson Chandler are all four-star prospects.
Tracy Dildy, Mississippi
Dildy tapped into his Chicago roots and landed a great rebounder in Marquis Young. He also was instrumental in landing a host of others, including Trey Hampton, Xavier Webb, Bobby Clark and Carl Swanigan.
Cameron Dollar, Washington
The class of 2005 was one of the best ever in the state of Washington, particularly the Seattle area. Dollar played a major role in landing the city's top two prospects, Martell Webster and Jon Brockman. Dollar also identified brute forward Artem Wallace.
Joe Dooley, Kansas
Kansas landed a stellar class with three McDonald's All-Americans coming to Lawrence. Dooley identified Mario Chalmers and Micah Downs early on and worked the two Pacific Northwest prospects until they committed to the Jayhawks.
Jorge Fernandez, Miami
A hot bed of talent resides in South Florida, and there is no one better to tap into it than Fernandez, who has great connections in the area. All three of Miami's 2005 recruits -- Denis Clemente, Brian Asbury and Adrian Thomas -- are from South Florida and top 150 prospects.
Larry Harris, N.C. State
Herb Sendek's right hand man, Harris was pivotal in bringing in top-150 players Courtney Fells, Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley. Most impressive was landing Fells, a five-star prospect, out of Mississippi before most schools really started recruiting him.
Brandon Johnson, Auburn
Auburn went hard after a number of players in the class of 2005, and Johnson helped the Tigers land their biggest gem in some time as forward Korvotney Barber picked Auburn over Kentucky and Georgia Tech. Johnson also helped bring in Joey Cameron and Josh Dollard.
Mike Jones, Georgia
Jones played a major role with the top two players in Georgia, Louis Williams and Mike Mercer, and was one of the reasons why they signed with Bulldogs. Jones also was instrumental in landing promising 7-footer Rashad Singleton out of Florida and Georgian Billy Humphrey.
Kerry Keating, UCLA
The Bruins have taken significant steps toward regaining national prominence. Keating has led the charge, as the Bruins picked up Darren Collison and Michael Roll from southern California, and then three foreign players, Ryan Wright (Canada) and Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, both from Cameroon. In 2004, UCLA's talented recruiting class included McDonald's All-Americans Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo, Parade Magazine All-American Josh Shipp and CalHi Sports All-State Lorenzo Mata.
Derek Kellogg, Memphis
Memphis is always in the top 25 recruiting rankings and one of reasons is Kellogg. He helped the Tigers land versatile guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, small forward Ricky Sanchez and point guard Antonio Anderson.
Robert Kirby, Mississippi State
Mississippi State reeled in a big haul thanks in large part to the efforts of Kirby. The class of 2005 might be his best effort during seven-year stint in Starkville. He helped land commitments from Monta Ellis, Jamont Gordon, Vernon Goodridge, and twins Richard and Reginald Delk.
Pat Knight, Texas Tech
As Bobby Knight turns the Tech program around, a lot of the credit also goes to the recruiting efforts of his son Pat Knight. No less than eight prospects are headed to Lubbock this fall, highlighted by four-star prospects Terry Martin, Jr., and Dior Lowhorn.
Marvin Menzies, Louisville
Although he is now a new member of Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville, Marvin Menzies helped bring a top-25 class to Las Vegas. Five-star point guard Jovan Adams leads the six-man group.
Mark Morefield, Baylor
Rapidly developing a reputation as one of the top young recruiters, Morefield was instrumental in helping the Bears land a top-25 class. Curtis Jerrells and Henry Dugat, both Rivals.com top 150 players, will be the Bears future backcourt.
Tom Moore, Connecticut
Moore found a trio of players who should help the Huskies get back to the top. He helped convince Los Angeles native Marcus Johnson to come across the country and talked New Englander Jeff Adrien into playing close to home. The big get, literally, was landing 7-footer Andrew Bynum.
Josh Pastner, Arizona
Any list of top recruiters must include Pastner. The young and energetic Texas native tapped into his roots for the Wildcats' top prospect Fendi Onobun and also worked to land four-star prospects J.P. Prince and Marcus Williams.
Philip Pearson, Alabama
Pearson has landed some big fish in his day, including Mo Williams and Ron Steele, to name a few. But none were bigger that power forward Richard Hendrix who closed out the year at the nation's No. 9 ranked prospect.
Butch Pierre, LSU
Sure, being the godfather of one of the nation's top players, Tasmin Mitchell, doesn't hurt. But don't discount Pierre's ability to recruit. He was the key recruiter for McDonald's All-American and five-star prospect Magnum Rolle.
Steve Robinson, North Carolina
After watching Danny Green shine at the ABCD camp last summer, Robinson put a full-court press on the then unheralded prospect, who will play alongside two other burger game participants, Tyler Hansbrough and Bobby Frasor. Robinson played an important role with the two Midwest products.
Barry Rohrssen, Pittsburgh
Continually plucking players out of New York City for the Pittsburgh program, Rohrssen again landed one of the city's finest in four-star prospect Levance Fields. Two other four-star players, Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs, are part of Pittsburgh's five-man class.
Jeff Strohm, Marquette
The efforts of the hard-working Strohm paid off with a top-25 recruiting class, which includes four-star prospects Dominic James, Wes Matthews, Jr., and Jerel McNeal.
Sean Sutton, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys, led by Sutton's efforts, were outstanding on the recruiting trail. While they will lose Gerald Green to the NBA draft, point guard Byron Eaton is a future star at the point, and Roderick Flemings and Terrel Harris will be solid on the wing.
Reggie Theus, New Mexico State
Before taking the head coaching position at New Mexico State, Theus was the star recruiter for Louisville by tapping into his West Coast roots. Rick Pitino can thank him for the services of Terrence Williams, Bryan Harvey and Andre McGee, all of whom hail from the Pacific time zone.
Cliff Warren, Jacksonville
Warren is now the head coach at Jacksonville University, but before assuming that position he reeled in Georgia Tech's top signee, Lewis Clinch. Warren also played a large part in Alade Aminu's decision to stay in the Atlanta area for college.
Steve Wojciechowski, Duke
Wojciechowski was a fan favorite at Duke for his floor-slapping antics when he played at Cameron Indoor. Now, Blue Devils fans can thank him for his efforts with Josh McRoberts, the best incoming freshman in the country, Eric Boateng, Jamal Boykin and Martynas Pocius.