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SoCalHoops Recruiting News Recruiter's
Handbook Back Online...--(Oct. 18, 2001)

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...and it's worth a look and  the price of a subscription if you're a college basketball recruiting nut.  And we've updated our "Recruiting" links so it will be easy to find at all times.  Really, this is one of the best recruiting sites around if you're interested in current, up-to-date and accurate information about the top national players and the top national programs.  The site is run by Brick Oettinger, who has been a college basketball expert for years, reporting for other national publications, and Brick is assisted by Rob Harrington, who actually does most of the legwork of late, and together, they compile national elite-level player reports and rankings, news and reviews of the top college prospects, daily recruiting notes and reports, as well as their traditional profiles and previews of the top college programs in the country.

But what's the big deal about their new website?  Well, for a while it seemed as if the site was either dormant, or was going to disappear.  Updates were sparse, there were some staff turnovers, and in general things were in flux.  Actually, never went away, but they did undergo some technical problems with their old website which didn't help either.  

But this new website has been totally redesigned, to give it a better look and feel, better graphics, better functionality and better organization overall. is also one of the few recruiting publications which doesn't just focus on creating lists of players who are being recruited.  Of course they do that too, but they also have in-depth features, including articles analyzing college players, programs, coaches, and position reports.

If you're not a subscriber, you might want to think about becoming one.  Hey, we don't get anything for suggesting this, and we wouldn't do it if we didn't think it was worth the price.   And it's really very inexpensive, just $6.95 for a month (to try it out) or $39.95 for a full year (current subscribers get a break...they can renew at $30.95).  That's just 22 cents a day for a monthly subscription, and about 11 cents a day for a yearly subscription (and a little under 9 cents a day for current subscribers) cheap is that?

What do you really get for the money? Here's what Prepstars has: 

1.Daily recruiting updates from all over the country.   Their reports are generally some of the most accurate around.

2. Team-by-team recruiting news and reports for more than 50-plus "high-major" Division I programs. They don't cover every school, but those that they do are covered with an unbelievable amount of detail.

3. In-depth player profiles (e.g., stats, style of play, academic situations, etc.) for the top national prep prospects.

4. What they call a "scorecard" of the nation's top prep seniors (commitments, school lists, etc), top junior-college sophomores, top prep juniors and top prep sophs.  ln other words, those players who are going to, or who are likely to make national reputations or get recruited to play at the D-I level.

5. Reports from summer camps, tournaments, showcase events, holiday tournaments, AAU events and postseason all-star games, as well as in-season reports.

That's just a brief overview.  There's obviously much more detail, so if you're interested, check it out. We'd tell you to let the folks at know that SoCalHoops sent you, but there's nowhere to do that on their site.   And what the heck, we don't care why you go there, but you should do it anyway.   If you're interested in college basketball recruiting, this is one resource that you shouldn't overlook. 

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