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    Damon Stoudamire On Recruiting: ‘Kids Now Don’t Remember Me’

    Damon Stoudamire sat down with The Seth Davis Show to discuss whether or not being a high-profile college and NBA player helps in recruiting.

    January 24, 2017

    Damon Stoudamire sat down with The Seth Davis Show to discuss whether or not being a high-profile college and NBA player helps in recruiting.


    One would think that Damon Stoudamire could recruit players simply on his name alone. After all, he’s one of the greatest players in Arizona Wildcats history. Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year, Wooden Award finalist, first team All-American, three-time conference first teamer. And that’s just in college. Toss in NBA Rookie of the Year for good measure, and you have one decorated former player serving as coach for the Pacific Tigers.

    And yet, as Stoudamire told The Seth Davis Show, all the accolades don’t mean much out on the recruiting trail – at least to the kids he’s targeting.

    “The kids now are so young they don’t remember me, but their parents do and that gives me an advantage,” Stoudamire said. “I will say that. Most of the parents, we’re around the same age. They might be a little older, give or take what [a few years]. But for the most part, that helps me.”

    It’s certainly a boon to woo the parents. After all, they often have final say in recruitment. Still, this is Damon Stoudamire, a relatively young guy. It’s not like Bob Pettit rolling into a living room discussing the time Milwaukee Hawks relocated to St. Louis. Stoudamire hasn’t been out of the NBA for even a decade.

    But consider the following passage from a Sports Illustrated profile on the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo, and things make a little more sense.

    “I was like, ‘Let’s see what this guy did in his career, anyway,’ ” Antetokounmpo recounts, and called up Kidd’s bio on his phone. “I saw Rookie of the Year, NBA championship, USA Olympic gold medal, second in assists, fifth in made threes, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘Jesus freaking Christ, how can I compete with that? I better zip it.’ ”

    At least Stoudamire is in good company among the forgotten.

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