The changing recruiting game

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November 12, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber argues a call on Feb. 5. BO RADER/WICHITA EAGLE/TNS

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Back when Bruce Weber was an up-and-coming assistant on Gene Keady’s staff at Purdue, the coach would spend countless hours on planes and behind the wheel to catch as many high school basketball games as possible.

He would walk into the gymnasium of an elite prospect on a cold January night and wedge his way into a crowd of half a dozen other coaches, all trying to scout their next potential star.

“These young guys, they can’t even imagine,” said Weber, now the coach at Kansas State, “but there was no AAU, and the young guys that grew up in it, played in it, that’s all they know.”

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