University of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is the latest subject of “Quick Take.” Coach Bennett, who has been the Cavaliers head man for over two months now, talks recruiting and specifically discusses his recruiting philosophy, what he looks for in each player he recruits, incoming freshman Jontel Evans and Tristan Spurlock , the NBAPA Top 100 Camp and more.
A major focus of today seems to be star rankings. How do you feel that impacts recruiting?
UVa head coach Tony Bennett: “There is so much that goes into someone’s development that I think sometimes people can get focused on the wrong thing, meaning the kids themselves. That’s one of the hardest things, and we talk about it a lot in our program with our principles, is when you talk about humility. That’s one of our first core principles and what it means is know who you are. Don’t think too highly of yourself, but also don’t think too lowly of yourself. That’s huge. Individually, for kids it’s such a challenge to look at yourself and say, this is who I am as a player and this is what I have to do to get better.
“I think it would be distracting if you’re really into that as a young student and young player when you’ve got people blowing you up or, if they’re not talking about you, to get discouraged. It’s a challenge. When I played, I did not read the papers. A funny story I remember was when I started like three games in a row for the Hornets and I’m in the grocery store. I prided myself on just playing and not worrying what everybody else is saying. I hadn’t read the papers. Then I’m in the grocery store and this lady comes up and said, ‘I don’t care what the papers are saying about you. I think you’re doing a great job.’ It’s changed with a lot of other influences for sure. There is a lot coming at these kids.”
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