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Your top 5 schools

Lets say that we are all top recruits in the country. Its pretty much a given that we will make it to the NBA after our freshman year of college if we chose to go into the draft. What schools would be in your top 5 as far as places you would want to go and why ?

*keep in mind what position you would play when choosing the your program*

1.Michigan - I bleed maize and blue, its my home state and i can go "one and done" if the team sucks (which it probably will)

2. Michigan State - Again its in my home state (loyalty), but on top of that Tom Izzo is a great coach. I would have to play point guard so im sure by being under Tom Izzo he'd help me prepare for the NBA by refining my jump shot, defensive ability and speed.

3.Syracuse - Jim Boeheim is probably the best coach a point guard can play for. He gives you full control of the offense, lets you learn from your mistakes and he never really takes his point guard out of the game.

4. North Carolina - The Tar Heel tradition speaks for itself. And as shown throughout the league, if you have talent and you went to North Carolina, anyone who has also attended UNC that has "pull" in the nba will look out for you. Having the chance to run Roy Williams' offense is another reason. Its up tempo and the point guard is a main focus of it.

5. Kentucky - If im a for sure "one and done" player then why not get paid to play ? Im sure i could get atleast 6 figures lol


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TOP SCHOOLS

1.DUKE
2.UCONN
3.SYRACUSE
4.KENTUCKY
5.UNC

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Really, it is just a matter of opinion. Dig this, good post, would be interesting to see people's thought process on this. I think everyone usually gets pushed in a certain way due to many reasons, number one usually being where a person comes from. That being said, there are a lot of other reasons people may have, relationship with the coach, I am sure many people here will want to think about their best possibility of winning or making the NBA. Will be cool to see, but my college choices are definitely just based on the schools I know about and have always had interest in.

1. University of Oregon: Call me crazy, but I would go to the school I went to, I bleed green and yellow and my dream was to be a top recruit and lead the Ducks back to prominence. Crazy I know, but I am third generation UO, I loved going there and we have a rich tradition in athletics. Oregon won the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939, with the Tall Firs (who were 6-8 and two at 6-4, but they had three All-Americans that year in 6-8 Slim Wintermute, 6-4 Laddie Gale and 5-8 Bobby Anet). I would still go to Football games, get the whole school experience from a different angle. Also, Oregon is the birth place of Nike, started by "Uncle" Phil Knight, a UO walk-on track athlete and famous track coach Bill Bowerman. Notable other basketball players that went to UO include Terrell Brandon (Who is close to my height and was ridiculously good), Fred Jones, Alex Scales, Luke Ridnour/Jackson, James Davis (one of the best shooters I have ever seen), Tajuan Porter (who was 5-5 and another sick trey baller) and of course, the reigning MIP Aaron Brooks.

2. UCLA: Does any schooler have a richer basketball tradition than the Bruins? Arguably (well, not really in my opinion) the greatest basketball coach of All-Time in John Wooden (RIP), who I would have gotten a chance to meet had I played there. Plus, I love the school, beautiful campus, great facilities, I definitely am one with a west coast bias. Honestly, if I were in the position to really decide ANY school I could go to for basketball, I might take the path of Kevin Love and head to Westwood. Stan Love was a basketball star at UO, and Kevin played HS ball in Lake Oswego, OR, which made the Ducks think they had a chance, but he took his talents down south to LA. Honestly, as much as I love my Ducks, I can not really blame him. Also, in my opinion, Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton were the two best college players in NCAA history. It is up for debate, but look at what those guys did while they were in school. Completely dominant.

3. North Carolina: Have always been a Tar Heels fan, and of course they have a rich history as well, as well as the best to have ever done it hitting a game winner for the championship his first year at school. Definitely a huge fan of the UNC/Duke rivalry, and I am one of those that sides with Chapel Hill. I have never even been to the school, but in my mind, I could see myself loving it.

4. Georgetown: My dream as a kid honestly, before I truly accepted my roots as a Duck, was to play for John Thompson at Georgetown. It started probably a little before Allen Iverson got there, but once he was there, it fuelled the fire big time. I have been to G-Town, and I loved it, beautiful school and very rich basketball tradition, as well as a player who many said was the most dominant college Center of the modern era in Patrick Ewing. Once John Thompson stepped down, I definitely lost my fire for the Hoyas, but I could see myself playing for JTIII.

5. Stanford: I have to say, I am not a huge fan of the Cardinal, but I do love Stanford. It was an amazing school, and while I do not love their sports team, and would probably cheer for Cal over Stanford, I could definitely see myself going to Stanford if I got the chance. Just a fantastic school, and I think it would have to be in my top 5 over some other very deserving choices.

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Great topic all of us who

Great topic all of us who never got recruited by these schools prob dreamed about it since we were a little boy mine would be..

Duke.I'm a huge duke fan bc I'm from the same town jay williams went to h.s and I've been a huge fan ever since

Memphis. Got an the band wagon went cal was there and haven't got off,love what pastner did with recruiting

Rutgers. Seein all the nj natives leave my whole life here I feel bad and if I had the chance to help new coach mike rice turn it around I'd be very intrigued

St johns. I'd also love to help lavin turn it around and being a knick fan and from nj, playin at the garden would be a dream come true, and there's no better city in the world

Michigan.being a point guard who loves to set ppl up than bomb threes, is there really a better coach to play from..and I've been a fan since the gansey pittsnogle days..

Msu and I'd love to play for frank martin at k state,seems like his players would walk thru a burning building from him.and tom izzo would be hard to not wanna play for him

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My 5 -

1. Tennessee - I've always been a big fan of Bruce Pearl's work and I was born in and still have family in Tennessee.

2. Memphis - Josh Pastner can STILL recruit and he's a hell of a coach, he just needs some coaching exp. Still a TN connection for me.

3. Jacksonville St. (AL) - Where I went to college, didnt get a chance to walk on as the Army came calling before I got the opportunity. Yes, they're in the OVC, but I hear they are talking about moving the school to the Sun Belt.....who knows.

4. Georgia St. - Raised in Atlanta as I grad. from HS not too far from Downtown.

5. Georgia Tech - Because of Paul Hewitt and the fact that I'm a Comp. Sci. major....got figure.

Add Ons: West Georgia (D-2), Gardner-Webb (Redshirted Fr. YR), Augusta State.

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mrhunter, your UK comment is

mrhunter, your UK comment is pretty funny considering everyone has bashed the baseless claims of the Chicago Sun Times report on Anthony Davis. Another thing, that is funny is that your number one school (Michigan) got in big trouble over everything that went on in the Fab Five era. What is that saying again about not throwing stones.....

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Here's my top

Here's my top 5

Duke
Duke
Duke
Duke
Duke

If I had to pick another? Duke.

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Here's my 5 Rutgers- New

Here's my 5

Rutgers- New Jersey kid would love to help the states school.

Kansas- My favorite school since I was younger

Duke- Would love to play for Coach K

USC- It's Southern Cali the weather, the women lol

Michigan State- to play for Tom Izzo

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1. Marquette- Lived in

1. Marquette- Lived in Milwaukee area my whole life and reputation of making NBA players has been getting better in lately. Would love to play for Buzz Williams also.
2. Wisconsin- UW hasnt had a one and done talent since... ever. Would be pretty amazing to that kind of player on school made for four-year players. Bo Ryan is one of the best coaches in the country.

Would also consider Kentucky, Duke and West Virginia but would choose between MU and UW

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1. Gonzaga-I'd like to get a

1. Gonzaga-I'd like to get a chance to lead a lesser conference team to the Final Four and I think Zags have the best chance to do so.
2. Kansas-The best college team in the country IMO, and their close to my hometown as well.
3. Saint John's- Once again, turning a lesser team into a contender would be sweet and getting an opportunity to do so in the Garden? unbelievable.
4. Stanford- One of my favortie schools, i'd love to get a degree from there if b-ball didn't work out, and playing USC and UCLA every year would be a good challenge.
5. Oklahoma/Cornell- Chosing between my home town or and Ivy league school i could lead to the promised land...

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Looking @ myself being

Looking @ myself being recruited as a PG

1.Memphis-Been a fan since Wagner was there, he's from my birthplace.....Pastnor is a excellent coach @ putting prospects in the pros....CHECK HIS RESUME`!!!!!!

2.Kentucky-I love coach Cal even though he abandoned us.....I love the fact that he caters his coaching style to favor his guards

3.Georgia Tech-Southern Atmosphere....What more can I say ATL shawty!!!!! This is a place where I want to reside when my career is over so it wouldn't hurt to enroll there to see what the lifestyle is like.

4.Louisville-Pito is a hard-nosed coach

5.Oklahoma/Arizona-This 1 right here is tough, but Oklahoma has the slight edge....Oklahoma leads Arizona, because I'm familiar with the Capel family, coach Capel's mother was my gym teacher in middle school & I would love to keep the mutual relationship going so it would be best in my favor to keep them on my list. With that being said I most likely would see minutes early.
Arizona is so prestigious & known for having top notch guards going to the league, but what hurts them in my recruiting process is that I wanted to learn under coach Olsen.

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1. Kansas - a Kansas resident

1. Kansas - a Kansas resident since 1986, and fan since I was old enough to watch basketball. I've been to KU games and Allen Fieldhouse is one of the most magical places on earth, lol. It's pretty awesome to drive do Naismith street and the new renovations to the entrance area of The Fieldhouse showcases the great history if the program for the inventor of basketball, to Wilt to Danny Manning to the 08 Championship, Rock Chalk!

2.UNC - I always was a fan of UNC because of Michael Jordan and the great history of the program. I was a bit conflicted when Roy bolted to go there but the 08' title helped most KU fans get over that. Classy coach, great program and recent titles. That sells me as a recruit.

3.Duke - I have immense respect for Coach K. He is a legend in the coaching ranks, and I'm not a big Duke fan, but if KU and UNC weren't options for me I'd have to think about my career and learning the game from Coach K who has both a great career in college and experience coaching pros in the Olympic and World Championship teams would be something from a career standpoint that would be hard to pass up.

4. Michigan State- Tom Izzo is a great coach and MSU seems to be in the mix in the tournament every year no matter if they are having an up year or a down year for talent. I'd get big time exposure, get to play for a contender and a great coach.

5. Baylor - It'd be hard to go to a Big 12 school that wasn't KU, but it'd be a place where I would get more of an opportunity to play and showcase my abilities due to the fact that Baylor hasn't been on the map as long nor have the accumulated the recruiting depth as a lot of other schools. Coach Drew is a top notch coach and an NCAA birth and run would be in cards.

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1) villanova- im from philly,

1) villanova- im from philly, think coach wright is great, and have loved their program for awhile now.

2) kansas- this is probably the only true powerhouse i would consider(maybe unc), coach self is awesome and its such a rich tradition.

3) houston- i live here now, work at the school and love following their program. i would hope to take this team to a sweet 16.

4)cincinatti- i fell in love with this team a few year ago for some reason, my favorite bearcat of all time, steve logan.

5)southern illinois- wanted to go there as a kid because i had family that lived near there. and they have been a tough defensive team for awhile, i would hope to take them to the top.

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1) villanova- im from philly,

1) villanova- im from philly, think coach wright is great, and have loved their program for awhile now.

2) kansas- this is probably the only true powerhouse i would consider(maybe unc), coach self is awesome and its such a rich tradition.

3) houston- i live here now, work at the school and love following their program. i would hope to take this team to a sweet 16.

4)cincinatti- i fell in love with this team a few year ago for some reason, my favorite bearcat of all time, steve logan.

5)southern illinois- wanted to go there as a kid because i had family that lived near there. and they have been a tough defensive team for awhile, i would hope to take them to the top.

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all about making it to the next level

Here is my top 5. There is no order these schools just seem to always make pros

UCONN- The school on the list who gets the least high school all americans. Over the last 15 years they have had the most nba players. Ray Allen/ Rip hamilton/ ben gordon/ caron butler/ rudy gay/ and thats just the wings. If I am a small forward or Guard thats where I would want to be.

Duke- Can't say they produce the best pros but being at duke gets you so much credibility just from being under coach K, and are always on tv getting national exposure.

UNC- The team on this list with the best history of making pros. Just going there puts you on a list of being a drafrt prospect.

Kentucky- History almost rivals UNC, but right now if your a 1 and done player there is no better school to attend, but just know coach cal will recruit highly ranked players at your position, take bledsoe and orton not sure they would of went there knowing they would have limited roles.

Kansas- National stage plays a pro style and always produces pros

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1. Indiana - I'm still a big

1. Indiana - I'm still a big IU fan, even though they haven't been good lately.
2. Butler - I grew up close to the campus and have gone to games since I was a kid. They're creeping up on IU on my list.
3. Indiana State - I became a fan in 2000 when they made it to the NCAA tournament. They haven't been good since lol, but I played there, so I have to represent.
4. Purdue - I've been a follower since the Glenn Robinson days.
5. Southern Illinois - They recruited me hard. I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff and style of play.

Honorable Mention: IUPUI and Notre Dame.

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1) University of Washington-

1) University of Washington- my brother went there and ive been goin to sporting events since i was a little kid and i live just 25 minutes away from Seattle

2) Gonzaga- another in-state school with the richest basketball tradition

3) San Diego State- awesome city, and beautiful campus and a basketball tradition that is turning around

4) UNC- roy williams is a very respected coach who can turn a lot of dudes into serious NBA-caliber athletes

5) Florida A&M- pulling an OJ Mayo and keeping these guys on my list in order to give fans hope that their b-ball team will become something

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My Top 5...... 1.Memphis..The

My Top 5......

1.Memphis..The 1st Sporting event i ever attended was a Memphis St. game.That was in 1984 i was about 5 years old..I had never seen so many people in 1 place before..I loved the excitement,the crazy signs,the yelling,people wearing weird clothing,the cheering and everyone seem to be hving so much fun..And i've been a fan of that school since then....

2.UCLA..Anyone that loves basketball has to love the Bruins tradition..

3.Mississippi State..My home state school..This school offered me a Scholarship...But my grades weren't good enuff

4.Georgetown..I been a fan of that school since the days of Ewing..Plus John Thompson treated his players like they were his sons....

5.Arkansas..We use to get all of their local games..And they seem to always have exciting guards.. Guys like Moncrief,Alvin Robertson,Darrell Walker,Ron Brewer ,U.S Reed,Todd Day ,Scottie Thurman,Ron Huey,Kareem Reid & Mayberry

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Memphis-Love their

Memphis-Love their team
Kentucky-No offense is more tailor made to a big time recruits development
UNC-Big time conference, high expectations always
Syracuse-Zone might make people think you can't play D, but an amazing coach and a lot of winning
Wisconsin-Might not go all that high in the draft, but defense and working as a good teammate would well round you

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To the poster above that said

To the poster above that said UK's history almost rivals UNC. You do realize that UK has more all time wins, more national titles, more conference titles, more NCAA tournament appearances than UNC right? UNC has had a better history with their guys becoming starts in the NBA, but if we are strictly talking success in college hoops, they don't surpass UK.

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1-Ucla-Tradition. Get to stay

1-Ucla-Tradition. Get to stay near home. Favorite school.

2-Oregon-This would be cool cause i get to branch out and leave friends behind a little to focus on ball and elminate some distractions. Plus they have a brnad new arena opening this year and the pacific northwest is a beautfil part of the country.

3-San Diego State-I was in SD this weekend and im pretty sure thats the best city in america.

4-Pepperdine-It would be the dangerous small school route, but have you seen this campus? Its in malibu and litteraly on the beach. I mean, you can walk out of class and go directly to the ocean.

5-Washington-similar to oregon reasons minus the new campus. Also, i like fishing and crabbing so it would be a cool area for me to live near.

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1. Florida - It's a great

1. Florida - It's a great place to live and you can do a lot to do in Florida. The University of Florida has great weather, great tradition, a great coach in Billy Donovan, and a great football team that's in the toughest football conference in the nation. I mention football because I always said that when I get to college, I would try to play both football and basketball just like Julius Peppers and Tony Gonzales, because those are my two favorite sports.

2. Kentucky - Everybody knows about Kentucky's tradition. UK might just have the richest tradition out of any NCAA B-ball team. And everybody knows about there coach John Calipari. He's a tough and demanding coach, and my dream is to make it to the NBA and I would love to be a "one-and-done" player and I think that Coach Cal could make me become that kind of player.

3. Georgetown - It's in my hometown Washington D.C., and I might consider staying close to home, and I'm a Georgetown fan. They have a very rich tradition, have a great coach in John Thompson III that was mentored by his legendary father, they win every year, have a great education, they win every year, and they do a great job of sending players to the NBA.

4. USC - It's in Los angeles, a very exiting city. I would be in front of the bright lights and would be able to shine. If I'm one of the top recruits, I migh want to be on a team where I know I'm the best player and can average a lot of stats so it would be easier for me to make it into the NBA, and everybody knows that USC doesn't have a lot of talent on their roster, so I would be able to shine more. I would take the same route that OJ Mayo did. and plus, I might be interested in playing football too because they have a greaty football team.

5. Maryland - I was raised in Maryland, and I already know the lifestyle so I wouldn't have to adjust. Maryland is always a team that doesn't have the most talent, but always seem to surprise people every year and play well. I grew up a big Maryland fan and I would want to take that team over the top because they usually don't get 5-star recruits and I would want to make them elite. Plus, in-state tuition.

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@llperez San Diego is a

@llperez

San Diego is a beautiful city. I love it there. I actually have an opportunity to transfer jobs there, but my fiancee won't have it lol.

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@indiana, talk some sense

@indiana, talk some sense into your fiancee, lol. Honeslty i dont know how it would be to live there year round, but i have friends there and i go down once or twice a year and it is a very beautiful city. It's pretty much impossible to stay in doors if you live there.

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Kansas State- I've been a

Kansas State- I've been a K-State fan since I was little (I used to live in Kansas...for whatever reason. smh). Now with Frank Martin there and the program building like it has, it's not as bad that I'm a fan.

Georgia Southern- I go here now and I have a gig as a trainer on the basketball team. It's crazily fun here, and the basketball program is on the rise. I think we'll be a tourny team by 2012 at least.

Gardner-Webb- My brother goes there and plays football and he's easily my best friend. Their basketball team isn't very good, and the college is small, but the people are super cool. Almost a home away from home.

UGA- I went to the UGA v. Florida game last year, and I got to meet everybody on the team/coaching staff, tour the facilities, and meet the high up people. Everything about UGA is great, and Mark Fox is going to be prove to be one of the better coaches in college basketball.

Arizona- Andre Iguodala went there. LOL. I really only have 4 I wouldn't mind going to, and Arizona is just a place I listed to have 5 teams :)

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1. Memphis- I'm from Memphis

1. Memphis- I'm from Memphis and have always been a fan. I like Josh Pastner and all the games have a great atmosphere. They have also put lots of players in the league.

2. Kansas- I have always liked Kansas and Bill Self. Great tradition and have put lots of players in the league.

3. Michigan State- To play for Tom Izzo.

4. UCLA- Love the tradition and I think it would be fun to play in LA.

5. Butler- They just made it to Final Four and I like Brad Stevens.

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