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Assigned Reading: The insanity of following recruiting online

Earlier today, Will Leitch, who founded Deadspin and is an unabashed Illinois hoops fan, wrote about Cliff Alexander, the Illini’s top Class of 2014 target, and the recruiting process on an elite prospect for Sports on Earth.

More specifically, he writes about just how weird and awkward that process actually is.


I’ve become accustomed to it by now. I’ve been blogging about college hoops since 2007 and have covered the sport for NBC since 2010. I’m used to the idea of waiting with baited breath for a 16 or 17 year old to make a decision about where he will be going to college for, in many cases, all of about seven months.

But when I sit back and think about how recruiting is covered in college hoops, it’s weird, right?

As Leitch puts it, “Alexander basically has tens of thousands of people -- fans, journalists, coaches, administrators -- begging him to attend their school for one year. If he earns a degree, it will be years from now, while he is already a millionaire.”

Anyway, read through Leitch’s column here.