I see where Lone Peak High is expected to be ranked the top boys’ basketball team in the nation in this week’s MaxPreps poll.
The Knights are undefeated, while leader Chicago Simeon lost last week.
Lone Peak has great depth and three players who have already committed to play at BYU (T.J. Haws, Eric Mika and Nick Emery).
Is Lone Peak anything like the greatest high school teams ever?
Dunbar High of Baltimore had four NBA players on its team in 1982: Reggie Williams, Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Lewis and David Wingate. Southwestern High of Detroit in 1991 had future NBA players Voshon Leonard, Howard Eisley and Jalen Rose. Chris Webber would have gone there, too, except he chose to attend a private school.
But I do know this: Local recruiting is huge, especially in college basketball. Webber and Rose ended up playing at nearby Michigan. Williams and Wingate did the same by attending nearby Georgetown.
Even Utah’s downtrodden program is 6-3 this year, in large part due to the addition of freshman Jordan Loveridge of West Jordan.
BYU has been very good in the last decade, using great instate recruiting of players such as those at Lone Peak. There’s no reason that can’t continue. Utah State has thrived by using numerous instate players, including Nate Harris and Gary Wilkinson. The Final Four Utes of 1998 supplemented their NBA talent with local players like drew Hansen, Alex Jensen, Britton Johnsen.
Most coaches will say instate recruiting is a priority. Some even show it. There’s no doubt where BYU’s Dave Rose stands on the issue. Most of his future is currently playing right down the street.
I’m not saying coaches should obsess about a player down the street if they have a chance to get a Keith Van Horn or Jimmer Fredette. But if coaches take care of recruiting at home, filling in the spots is a lot easier.