Finding the Next Mid-Major Star


Embedded below is a study Dave Telep published as part of his scouting service in 2008. Even 9 years later, this is a tremendous exercise to understand where the “mid-major stud” comes from. How/why do they go unnoticed by the high-major schools coming out of high school? What prompted me to publish this today was a conversation I had with a high major assistant coach earlier this week in which we spoke about the influx of players “transferring up.” He made a good point saying that with all of these “up transfers,” it’s apparent now more than ever that there are a handful of players that high-major programs are missing the boat on and he speculated if there was a specific process/trend to look at to uncover these gems while they were still in high school. Note that the intern that helped Telep with the study back in 2008 was Drew Cannon. Cannon was eventually hired by Brad Stevens in a full-time role at Butler and followed Stevens to Boston where he now works as an operations analyst with the Celtics.

Report: The Country’s Best Mid-Major Players – What Made Them Successful & Why Did They Fly Under the Radar

For more on the subject, check out Pete Thamel’s article on Telep’s study (LINK)

For more on recruiting:
-Inside URI’s recruiting (LINK)
-John Beilein’s unique approach to recruiting (LINK)
-How 19-0 Vermont was built (LINK)
-What the hell did everyone miss with Paul Goldschmidt? (LINK)
-A tale of two draft picks (LINK)
-What Mark Few looks for in players (LINK)

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