Imagine College Basketball Recruiting and Transfer Coverage with an Analytical Twist…

This is a multi-stage project and if you are here now at the very beginning of the 2019 College Basketball “Silly Season”, then you are in something you have never seen before.  College Basketball Recruiting is too often a qualitative, castles-in-the-sky process that has not yielded positive results as transfers are far more frequent, players are unfairly labeled as “busts”, and evaluation processes are opaque.  Stars, rankings, ratings, and publicity are the rewards for meeting recruiting media standards.  Coaches too often are influenced by recruiting media to make offers and accept scholarship athletes.

After all, what is a 3, 4, or 5 Star Prospect?

What does it mean?  Sometimes, the prospects are assessed scores, but too often these assessments and even rankings like a Top 100, 150 or 300 are flawed as the prospects reach NCAA Division I Level College Basketball.  College Basketball Recruiting is not a matter of comparing prospects against each other or making snap assessments, but rather determining which players fit each coach best.

It is a myth that prospects come out of High School as a ball of clay with athleticism, skills, and physical attributes ready to be molded into any system.  Prospects have different levels of readiness for different systems because they have played in particular offenses and defenses already.  For 99% of college recruits, there is a development and learning curve.  The objective is to put prospects into the best situation to succeed and it is in the self-interest of each coach to put together a Signing Class every year that not only fills necessary positional roster space, but also fits into the system in a seamless fashion.

This will spawn the birth of what is called the Fit Score.  Rather than vaguely assessing a prospect in a vacuum, each prospect is measured based on a variety of metrics against each coach’s stylistic and developmental footprint.

As this project is in its infancy, High School prospect and Coaching Footprint features are not available presently.

College Basketball Graduate Transfer Projections and Metrics

The College Basketball Graduate Transfer market is College Basketball’s version of Free Agency for graduating student-athletes with eligibility remaining.  HashThat is uniquely able to project the potential Graduate Transfers for each Spring.  Updated metrics are released on a daily basis and the likelihood of transfer is to be included in the near-future.  However, a table of potential graduate transfers is available with their associated metrics, teams, and positions.

Fit scores for Graduate Transfers will be in the pipeline of updates as well.

The Site is Named HashThat for a few reasons

  1. Social media’s role in the recruiting process has disrupted past trends as College Basketball recruits themselves announce their scholarship offers accompanied by images and hashtags.  Common hashtags include #blessed and #respectmydecision.
  2. The # is a symbol for numbers and this site is a very metrics heavy look at College Basketball Recruiting and Transfer Movement.
  3. College Basketball Offseason Roster Movement can be a bit messy and confusing as far as determining what works and what does not.  This site is here to HashThat all out for you.