Where to find the newest stars 

September, 25, 2013
This week, ESPN updated or is in the process of rolling out its new rankings. There are 185 players in three classes who will be ranked by the end of the week. As one can imagine, it’s a daunting task to process that much information, analyze the players and incorporate them into lists. The process begins with knowing where to look for the talent.

What do Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming have in common? None of those states produced a ranked player from the classes of 2014-16.

Imagine being the head coach at Nebraska in the Big Ten trying to compete with teams in your league when your recruiting base is bare. Ditto for Iowa. Now, those places have produced talent in years past but in terms of the next three years, Fran McCaffrey and Tim Miles will rack up the frequent flier miles.