The decision by Chicago teachers to strike affects a bevy of recruits because college coaches won’t be in the Windy City watching open gyms during the strike.
“You have to adjust,” DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett said. “We had a strike plan and a nonstrike plan. Oliver Purnell is thorough. It’s really hard for the kids, but we planned for both. It’s those mid-major kids that it affects the most, a kid that you’re trying to make decisions on in terms of whether or not he’s good enough.”
“It’s hurting [Tate] because guys were coming out to see him,” said Simeon coach Robert Smith, who was outside Simeon picketing with his fellow teachers. “With a lot of guards committing, he might have been able to pick up a few more scholarship offers.”
Here’s what public school recruits can and can’t do during the strike:
No in-home visits at school
No working out in school gyms