Linked below is a terrific Q&A conducted by ESPN’s Paul Biancardi with Texas head coach Shaka Smart. There’s some really good stuff in here about Shaka’s recruiting philosophy and the difference between VCU and Texas. I loved his answer to Biancardi’s question about the #1 trait he looks for in a recruit (excerpted below)
I would say the biggest things we look for is No. 1 — does he see basketball as something he really needs? Does he just like to play or does he like what comes from playing? I think there is a big difference. If you get guys who love the game and have to be playing, that leads to competitiveness.