In Episode 11, now that the July recruiting period is over for college hoops, I sit down with Lobos men’s basketball coach Paul Weir for some stories from the recruiting trail, and more.
What does the intense July recruiting period really even mean anymore for a program like UNM? Is it even the best use of time and resources for a program like UNM (or others in the Mountain West) that seem to be made up of as many, or more, Division I and junior college transfers than high school kids anymore?
I also talk to Paul about some other things, like his plea to fans for season tickets, how his dad’s accordion playing sent him down an all-in path toward coaching and the team’s locker room library.
The podcast accompanies an article published in Friday’s print edition of the Journal.
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Here are some highlights of this podcast:
• 6:20 – Weir comparing/contrasting this July recruiting period to last July
• 7:40 – A general breakdown of the how of recruiting and how UNM approaches the recruiting cycle
• 9:30 – What percentage of players do you recruit you weren’t targeting, but saw them in July while watching another player
• 16:30 – Is the July recruiting period ideal anymore for mid-major/Mountain West level programs whose rosters are often made up of DI and junior college transfers and not traditional out-of-high-school recruits?
• 18:45 – Does UNM prefer to target 20 primary recruits at a time or 100?
• 22:20 – “Coach this team” and how recruiting changes when you become a head coach.
• 22:30 – What does Weir think of the “a coach has to be seen” aspect of July recruiting?
• 28:10 – Following Sim Bhullar an entire summer n recruiting trail years ago for NMSU
• 31:20 – On Roman Martinez playing at UNM and not NMSU, where his grandfather was a legend
• 33:50 – Do you enjoy the recruiting process?
• 36:00 – Weir tells story of his dad, accordion playing extraordinaire
• 39:50 – Library in Lobo locker room
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