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Coaches to lose one recruiting weekend in the spring of 2014

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The spring recruiting period will look a bit different than usual in 2014.

Thanks to some complicated scheduling quirks, the NCAA has announced that there will only be one weekend in April — the 25th-27th — that will be a live period instead of two. That means that the time that coaches will be allowed to be on the road recruiting at NCAA certified events will be cut in half.

Originally, the weekend of May 16th-18th was supposed to be the second evaluation weekend in the spring, but coaches weren’t a fan of that decision.

The reason? According to John Infante, it’s as simple as the month being too busy:

May is [a] busy month for basketball coaches, with graduations, conference meetings, institutional outreach to alumni and other activities that require their participation. Because of the numerous commitments coaches have in May and a desire to avoid conflicts with Mother’s Day, it is best to limit evaluations at nonscholastic events to one weekend in April, if necessary, rather than to allow evaluations to occur during a weekend in May.

A second weekend in April wasn’t available this year due to some scheduling conflicts. Per NCAA rules, the evaluation weekends have to be after the start of the spring signing period and cannot conflict with SAT, PSAT or ACT testing and must not be on Easter weekend. That wasn’t the case this year.

This will makes things tough on some coaches. Generally speaking, the April period is used as a time to track the development of players they are tracking. Who improved? Who hit a growth spurt? Who is out of shape? What sleepers haven’t been identified yet?

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.