Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 10:28 am  |  27 responses

Poll: Muhammad, Anthony Davis, Wall, Mayo Had ‘Dirtiest Recruitments’

by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

CBSSports.com recently surveyed nearly 100 college coaches, getting their thoughts on some of college basketball’s most current, and pressing, issues. One question asked was, “Which player is perceived to have the dirtiest recruitment in the last 10 years?” The coaches spoke—anonymously, of course—and UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad took home the crown, receiving 15 percent of the vote, followed by former Kentucky big man Anthony Davis, who received 13 percent of the vote.

Here is the complete breakdown of the poll, followed by some quotes, all courtesy of CBSSports.com:

1. Shabazz Muhammad: 15 percent

2. Anthony Davis: 13 percent

3. John Wall: 7 percent

4. Kyle Anderson: 7 percent

5. O.J. Mayo: 7 percent

6. Derrick Rose: 6 percent

7. Renardo Sidney: 6 percent

8. Terrence Jones: 3 percent

9. Tobias Harris: 3 percent

10. Chris Obekpa: 3 percent

On Shabazz Muhammad: “This deal was done for a long time. The other rumors and stuff were just smoke and mirrors. People on the inside knew this deal was done. I mean, he turned Kentucky down.”

On Anthony Davis: “I’ve never seen a recruitment get shut down as quickly as that one got shut down. I don’t know how they did it. But it was a strong play.”

On John Wall: “Baylor hired John Wall’s AAU coach and that still wasn’t enough to get that deal done. That recruitment was on another level. And remember, Roy Williams basically stopped recruiting him. Best player in the country is from North Carolina, and North Carolina didn’t really want anything to do with it. What does that tell you?”

On Kyle Anderson: “A kid doesn’t go across the country to a school that doesn’t fit his style of play – and turn down some of the top East coast schools – without it being it unfair. It doesn’t make sense from a basketball standpoint.”

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  • LA Huey

    It’s only dirty if you lose, right?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    These are some salty coaches. Mad that they didn’t offer enough money or perks to these guys. Pay these cats upfront and all the cheating/under the table deals will go away.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPcGP8-niM nbk troll

    $$$$ make the world go round

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Bruh these coaches need to lift their skirt up. All of these polls are just plain hating

  • beasley has to be included in the list, he was the number 1 ranked recruit that chose kansas state over north carolina

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Just because you’re “hatin’” doesn’t mean you’re a liar. “Hate” is what “anonymous polls” are designed to measure anyway

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPcGP8-niM nbk troll

    just cause you go to a school away from home dont mean you are taking money. some kids come from bad neighborhoods and just wanna get away.

  • bike

    No surprise that list correlates tightly with their coaches who were named the biggest cheaters by the same poll. Perception sometimes equals reality.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    who is no 10 chris obekpa?

  • http://slamonline.com Raseven

    You think maybe these kids had the right to go where the eff they want ncaa are a bunch of pimps so let the kids whore them instead of vice versa

  • SiMoney

    I hate hearing coaches hate on Coach Cal, its such a obvious decision to me when a player decides to play for Cal, he gets you to the league, its almost a guarantee, as a top prospect, why wouldnt you play for him?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Who cares? It’s not going to stop.

  • Ldub

    Part of me feels college players should be paid. Or at least get a certain % of sales they bring in. Something to assist with living expenses, maybe a vehicle (loaner type car to get around). Basketball is very time consuming and a lot of these dudes wouldnt have time for a job. So $1000-$1500 a month is solid. Add in some incentives for getting better grades or something and you could possibly see people going to college more. I think it all works.

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    Ldub if only you knew how much money that really is. 1000 a month to 12 guys for 10 months? Only schools like UNC and Duke can cover that. Incentives for better grades? Absolutely not, your incentive IS the grade which increases your job opportunities later. A vehicle? No, plenty of students make a way to get a car even before college. I do think college players should be given some sort of stipend to cover stuff like getting decent furniture or a computer for school but not all that. I go to a high major D1 school and these dudes are already campus celebrities and get plenty of women and get clothing and other perks that they earned. A stipend isn’t out of the question, but the other stuff you’re talking about is just ridiculous. And I didn’t even mention Title IX this whole time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Zucotti Manicotti

    John wall demanded a ted nugent signed crossbow

  • Sizzle

    Word has it that none other than World Wide Wes strongly influenced JimmyWall’s decision to go to Kentucky with some bread. It’s not the coaches breaking the rules per se, it’s the boosters, aau coaches and “middle men.”

  • Marcel

    Its only dirty if u go to kentucky or if u dont go to kentucky

  • Basketball_iQ

    And this shocking to who? Money controls every bih that’s alive.

  • Basketball_iQ

    And you’re being nieve if you think “oh coach cal just won out on the recruitment” … The person who pays the most, gets the kid, & kentucky is paying the most right now. So what…the ncaa needs to Pay these kids upfront & the cheating stops.

  • SeanMagicJaun

    Sizzle hit the nail on the head. These coaches are literally “looking the other way” while the blue chip kid from inner city Detroit (example) all of a sudden wants to go a Baylor or Memphis (when Cal was there).

  • SeanMagicJaun

    On a side note, looking at #7 makes you realize how big of a disappointment Renardo Sidney has been up to this point.

  • clydesays

    Any college coach, unless they’re working for a tiny school with no budget is going get his/her hands dirty. At the very least, they’re going to turn a blind eye to the money changing hands. They know if they want the hot recruits, someone is going to have to find the money. Ridiculous that one would call the other out.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    First thought I had was “Nazr Mohammed was a dirty recruit!?”
    .. because the other names apart from Mayo were Kentucky recruits, & Nazr won the 1996 NCAA Championship.. with Kentucky.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    There is a lot of dirty tactics being used by coaches. However, those coaches are just “flash in the pan” type. Sure, they may coach for a long time, but they do not maintain top-flight programs with a long history of success. UNC, Dook, Kansas, Arizona, etc., those schools do not need to cheat b/c they have a history of generating basketball and life success over DECADES. Coach Cal might be getting these players, but he has almost zero respect in the coaching community. Plus, that won’t last much longer I don’t believe. Money is temporary, pride is forever.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4FqOUz-Ia4 Ugh

    Pride doesn’t feed your kids or pay your rent.
    Also, what’s true for the super-franchises in the NBA is true for NCAA. People will play for those programs for free like people play for the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks for less than elsewhere, but to compete the smaller or less established schools cheat to compete.

  • David Oliver

    Plenty of sour grapes to go around

  • The Spaniard

    Let’s get something clear…

    If you are a blue chip athlete going to a major program, someone is giving you something of monetary value unless:

    1. Your family is already well to do and you are going to that school out of tradition or…
    2. You (and your family or advisers, by extension) are complete idiots.

    …and you know what? Bless their hearts. Now, it may not be the coaching staff directly, but, some program booster is dropping some benefits to someone, somewhere.