CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Reid Forgrave spent much of July on the road in cities across the country, covering the live recruiting periods. While there, and in the weeks since, they’ve surveyed coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest Division I schools. In exchange for complete anonymity, coaches provided unfiltered honesty about a number of topics in the sport. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be posting the results on several questions posed to more than 100 coaches.
There isn’t a single first- or second-team Associated Press All-American from last season playing this upcoming season, meaning the sport is, per usual, missing experienced star power. As I’ve said and written many times, that is the biggest problem college basketball faces — a constant turnover of the best players no other mainstream sport experiences. We basically start fresh every season. So what’s the best way to predict which players may become stars in 2017-18?
By asking college coaches the following question: