Yep, if anything, it's good publicity--elite kids pay attention to where their peers are visiting/committing, and it never hurts to be mentioned in the same sentence as Duke, UNC and UK in basketball recruiting.
I will say that, even though I initially liked the Barnes hire, I NEVER thought that UT basketball would be swimming in these recruiting waters.
hence my reluctance to make a thread.. biggest trend is the consistency with some of these big name kids.. at some point it will (at which point it is now to a degree) begin to pay dividends with signatures in return
“I think the coolest conversation I had with a coach recently was when I talked to Coach Rick Barnes from Tennessee,” Banchero wrote on Thursday. “We just talked about everyday stuff, and then he asked me if I had a girlfriend. I told him yes, and then he said is she cute. Haha!
“Of course, I said yes, and then he said he was sure she wouldn’t mind me coming to Knoxville, Tennessee. I thought it was cool that we talked about things like that other than basketball. That’s what I like most about getting to know these coaches.”