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MBB Recruiting - Louisiana as a recruiting base question?

Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:09 pm
Posted by SFCSaint77
Northshore
Member since Dec 2019
319 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:09 pm
It seems that Louisiana isn’t as fertile for BB recruiting as it is for Football. Not saying we don’t have some greats but it’s seems the per capita is much lower for BB than Football and much less consistent.

Is that just my perception or what’s the reason?

Posted by OldManRiver
Prairieville, LA
Member since Jan 2005
6920 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:30 pm to
Hannagrif talked about this on the radio the other day. LA hasn’t produced a single Top 100 recruit in the 3 classes prior to this year, and has just one this year

That doesn’t give the staff a pass for poor results, but it would be super helpful if a Javonte Smart, Skylar Mays or similar were out there
Posted by mdomingue
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2010
29901 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:40 pm to
Not as productive as football

Currently #15 in NBA players' birthplace.

Also, the following hall-of-fame players are from Louisiana.

Robert Parish
Karl Malone
Joe Dumars
Clyde Drexler
Elvin Hayes
Bill Russell
Willis Reed
Bob Pettit
Posted by landmanner
Louisiana
Member since May 2006
3198 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:59 pm to
Corey Chest is from NO and played his Sr yr in Missouri
Posted by Bjorn Cyborg
Member since Sep 2016
26584 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 10:13 pm to
Prior successful lsu hoops runs had solid state contributors. Louisiana hasn’t produced elite basketball players in more than a decade.
Posted by Islandboy777
DAUPHIN ISLAND
Member since Jul 2023
1119 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 10:18 pm to
Need to have a basketball AAU high-school
Something like IMG
Posted by St Bernard Parish
Member since Jan 2024
10 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 10:49 pm to
Here is a better list below of NBA players born in Louisiana, except for PJ Brown who is from Detroit, MI, but played high school ball in Winnfield, LA.

Some names may surprise you such as Clyde Drexler, Marquis Johnson, etc.

LINK
This post was edited on 2/17/24 at 10:53 pm
Posted by mdomingue
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2010
29901 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 5:33 am to
quote:

Here is a better list below of NBA players born in Louisiana


My list was hall of fame players not all players. Basically the first 8 on the list you linked.

Here is a link to a list of ALL the 127 NBA & ABA players born in Louisiana

https://www.basketball-reference.com/friv/birthplaces.cgi?country=US&state=LA
Posted by tigahlovah
virginia beach, va
Member since Oct 2009
3279 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 8:57 am to
It's not as big of a factor in basketball recruiting. The elite recruits (at least top 100) travel regularly for EYBL and such things. A lot also change HS several times before college. It helps to have local basketball studs, but football players grow up near home as a whole more than basketball players.
Posted by DBG
vermont
Member since May 2004
71254 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 9:24 am to
Was De’Aaron Fox a Katrina kid? I see he was born in New Orleans but went to HS in Katy. He would have been 7 when Katrina hit so it lines up.
Posted by LSU1215
Monroe
Member since Aug 2009
3656 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 10:25 am to
Bill and Clyde didn't play HS ball in Louisiana. Every 10 yrs a decent player comes out of Louisiana football is the main thing. Just like up north in Chicago and NYC basketball is the main thing.
Posted by LSU1215
Monroe
Member since Aug 2009
3656 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 10:28 am to
Dallas surroundings and Houston areas is loaded with Louisiana families. You could call both little Louisiana. Lol
Posted by Tigerfan14
Member since Jun 2014
781 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 10:58 am to
quote:

It's not as big of a factor in basketball recruiting. The elite recruits (at least top 100) travel regularly for EYBL and such things. A lot also change HS several times before college. It helps to have local basketball studs, but football players grow up near home as a whole more than basketball players.


Several go to basketball factories for HS as well, so they are already moving away from their home state before they are even legal adults.
Posted by chalmetteowl
Chalmette
Member since Jan 2008
47444 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 12:36 pm to
quote:

Need to have a basketball AAU high-school Something like IMG
we had one called the Shaun Dumas Academy… but yeah the powers that be wouldn’t let such a place succeed
Posted by Jim Hopper
Ocean Springs Mississippi
Member since Sep 2019
1978 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:36 pm to
quote:

Need to have a basketball AAU high-school Something like IMG
I feel like excelsior Christian that lacedarrius Dunn was at could’ve been something like that. Doesn't help that Scott Drew pretty much plunks every River parish blue chip recruit that comes out.
This post was edited on 2/18/24 at 4:37 pm
Posted by geauxfortwo
Livin the dream
Member since Jan 2018
1888 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 8:10 pm to
La hasn’t produced top talent in basketball in a bunch of years or really ever outside of a handful of guys.
Kind of weird when you think about it because of the athletes in the state….I think some may have to do with football being king and those kids in That tweener range end up playing football which is smart.
This post was edited on 2/18/24 at 8:11 pm
Posted by Hammond Tiger Fan
Hammond
Member since Oct 2007
16209 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 8:27 pm to
quote:

Is that just my perception or what’s the reason?


Generally speaking, Louisiana high school basketball sucks when you compare it to the national scene. Every once in a while there's a phenom that pops up in Louisiana, but most kids' basketball IQ and skill ability don't compare to top kids from other states, especially up north. When you travel on the major national circuits, this is very apparent.
Posted by jrobic4
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
6823 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 8:08 am to
Crazy that only 1 played @ The Flagship, 70 years ago!
Posted by Alt26
Member since Mar 2010
28200 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 9:08 am to
quote:

Corey Chest is from NO and played his Sr yr in Missouri


Yeah, it is often difficult to figure out where a recruit is actually from because many leave to go play prep ball at "basketball factories."

But, to the OP's point, LA hasn't produced as many elite players in basketball recently as it has in football. Part of that is because they're are just so many more basketball players across the country, which makes it difficult to crack the top 100. LA still produces talented players. It's just not of the one-and-done variety.
Posted by SOL2
Dallas burbs
Member since Jan 2020
4737 posts
Posted on 2/22/24 at 6:54 am to
Basically true, but I think the state produces 2 or 3 good players per year on average.
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