I think the issues with public schools in Chicago like many larger cities has changed the recruiting landscape. I think quite a few of the stars Iowa and Iowa State got in the 80s (ILL & Mich) would of needed prep school if they were in HS today. That is more of an indictment of the school systems than the individuals.
Great question - my first gut reaction would be to favor the big metro areas - NY, Chicago, maybe Phil., but, the data favors CA and Tx. I don't know if that is metro areas or just lots and lots of people. But, if that's so, there ought to be more from Fla., or do they all play football. In any event, I'm glad that Hoiberg and T.J. Otzelberger will go, are comfortable and welcome nearly anywhere.
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I'm curious what everyone thinks is the best state for basketball recruiting? Growing up in Illinois, playing against and watching the talent in the Chicago area, I always thought Illinois was. Obviously, things have changed a great deal in the last 15 years, but I thought I would throw this out there. I may not have the best four in the country, but of the four, what state do you think produces the best High School talent?
A few years back the Iowa high school All Stars used to beat Illinois with regularity. Population bases give you a larger pool and in many cases more talent. But, sometimes not. IB
I grew up in Illinois as well. We had the opportunity to play some pretty solid schools since there was only two classes for basketball, (I think that has changed in the last few years). Actually got a chance to play against Andre Iguodala and his Springfield Lanphier team in a holiday tournament. I managed to score 19 points against them, which I thought was pretty good. Unfortunately, Andre went off for 30 points and they beat us by 40...
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