August 18, 2007

Insight into a visit

August 18, 2007 - There are many things on the minds of Hoya Nation members: An eclectic and diverse lot, discussions range a plethora of topics, including the anticipated starting lineup for John Thompson, III's team this upcoming season, what the schedule will comprise, plus non-Georgetown deliberations like the NBA referee scandal and its effect on fan trust and loyalty.

And of course, recruiting is broached. Daily. As elsewhere in cyberland, basketball recruiting in Hoya Land has taken on the importance of a de facto form of competition that is related to wins and losses. It's natural, as to win during the season a team must have talented players.

An ever growing part of recruiting are unofficial visits - opportunities for high school student athletes to tour a college, interact with university employees and players, and if the stars align themselves properly, even get in a chance to run some ball. These self-financed treks - the student-athlete's family, loved ones, and/or concerned individuals entirely foot the bill - have become even more important, given the trend of young people providing a verbal commitment to colleges (and many of those schools pressing for them), earlier and earlier. This is despite official visits, financed by the school, being only permissible during an athlete's senior year.

Brian Oliver, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound junior forward from Bear, Del., is one young person that has made full use of the unofficial visit process, having acclimated himself in that manner to a slew of schools. G'Town is one of them.

His 'unofficial' as its called in recruiting circles, took place June 22, and according to Oliver "went real well."

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