NCB On The Trail: Andy Enfield

Roundtable: Who'll exceed expectations? 

December, 17, 2013
While freshmen like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon are dominating the college basketball headlines, there are plenty of other freshmen who are making relatively huge contributions without the same degree of media hype or fanfare.

With thoughts of current freshmen like LSU’s Jordan Mickey, BYU’s Eric Mika, and UCLA’s Zach LaVine, all of whom are putting up major numbers, we asked our team of RecruitingNation experts to name prospects outside of the ESPN 100’s top 25 who could have similarly big freshman seasons, either because of opportunity or fit.
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Andy Enfield was enormously successful in his short time as head coach at Florida Gulf Coast. His style of play -- "Dunk City" -- was formed by recruiting the best athletes possible coupled with a few very good guards (Brett Comer, for example) who had a good feel for the game. He did a fantastic job implementing his system to his talent. Fast forward to him landing the USC job and now the question is can he sustain that success with that style of play? The first and most important move he made was hiring a strong recruiting staff in Jason Hart and Tony Bland, two former Los Angeles-area players who were both successful in the college ranks. They have a bead on the region and the state of California. They should be able to recruit the players Enfield needs to be successful at USC.

Can USC become a major recruiting power? That comes over time with strong recruiting, player development, a track record of success, academic progress and graduation, as of course, winning. It's always important to have a winning brand of basketball that kids can identify with.

Under-the-radar recruiting powers 

October, 22, 2013
When it comes to recruiting, there are certain superpower programs that are simply on a different playing field from everyone else in college basketball. Programs such as Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas are the most obvious there. Those teams are national brands with Hall of Fame coaches, rabid fan bases and a history of success at the highest levels.

But there are always surprising teams that can rise up and compete with the big boys. Change and evolution are inevitable in the world of recruiting. Whether that’s thanks to a dynamic coach, a deep run in the NCAA tournament or an impressive crop of local prospects, teams can quickly establish themselves as forces on the recruiting trail.

With that in mind, we asked our team of RecruitingNation experts to predict which under-the-radar team could become a recruiting power in the next few years.

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Momentum is a powerful thing in the world of college basketball recruiting. While it tends to be a constant for a select few national powerhouses like Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas, virtually all other programs in the country are constantly competing for any edge that can push them to that next level.

In the wake of our initial 2014 ESPN 100 player rankings release last week and as we start a team-by-team breakdown of 2014 recruiting targets by conference over the next two weeks, here’s a look at five college hoops programs that are trending in the wrong direction on the momentum meter heading into the 2014 recruiting class.

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