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An expert explains ‘whys’ of decommitments

They don’t come much better than college basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep. More than 200 colleges and several NBA teams use his scouring service, which makes him among the foremost experts.

So when he writes something breaking down specifics on recruiting, it’s a must-read. Take his latest offering on how and why players might de-commit from programs. When Ryan Boatwright backed off going to West Virginia, what happened? Three of the most notable:

Early commitments
Don’t fall in love with those sophomores. Things change. The player may not develop. He may grow too big for where he committed. A coach may leave, opening the door for a new suitor.

Communication breakdowns
If a program nabs two players who play the same position, it’s up to the coaches who recruited him to let them know what’s going on. Otherwise, confusion reigns and players get cold feet.

Inflated egos
Some players thrive as high school seniors. And then their eyes get bigger and big-time programs might start getting involved when they hadn’t before.

But those are just three reasons. Telep has more here.

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