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Basketball Recruiting: A Quiet Period, But Drew Targeting Power Forwards

With the July evaluation period coming up, Bryce Drew and staff may be trying to get a big man in their pocket. Plus a couple of 2018 guards.

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Under NCAA rules, the month of June (and the first few days of July) are what's known as a "quiet" period.  This means, essentially, that coaches aren't allowed to recruit or evaluate prospects off-campus, though they can still call, email, or send letters to prospects, and prospects are allowed to visit campus.  This differs from an "evaluation period" (which includes three weekends in July) in which coaches are still not allowed to have face-to-face contact with recruits off campus, though they are allowed off-campus to evaluate prospects; and a "dead period," in which prospects aren't even allowed to visit campus (if they do, the coaches can't have any contact with them.)  "Contact" or "recruiting" periods are the only time during which coaches can have face-to-face contact with a prospect away from campus.  You can view the full NCAA recruiting calendar here.

So June hasn't been completely quiet for Vanderbilt.  Tempe (AZ) PG Saben Lee committed a couple of weeks ago while taking an unofficial visit to campus, and Vanderbilt's had a couple more unofficial visitors this month:

Jack Nunge and Victor Enoh are both power forwards in the Class of 2017.  Nunge is a 6'9", 185-pounder from Newburgh (IN) Castle (which, if you're paying attention, is the same high school recent football OL commit Bryce Bailey attends) who 247 Sports rates as a four-star recruit.  Victor Enoh is also 6'9", from Decatur (GA) Greenforest Christian Academy, and he's a guy that ESPN rates as a four-star recruit (if barely.)  With Luke Kornet departing after the 2016-17 season (and with Clevon Brown and Djery Baptiste being no guarantee to work out), it's obvious why Drew is targeting players with some size in the 2017 recruiting class.

As for the 2018 recruiting class, with Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance, and Jeff Roberson all scheduled to graduate, Bryce Drew is wisely targeting a couple of guards:

It isn't exactly news that a five-star recruit from Brentwood Academy (Garland) is a high priority for Vanderbilt (for him not to be would be malpractice), but it's certainly a positive to know that Drew intends to go all-out to get him.  While Vanderbilt would seem to be fairly well-set at the point beyond 2017 with Larry Austin Jr. and Saben Lee, there is almost no reason to pass on a player of Garland's caliber.

Finke is a 6'6" shooting guard from Champaign (IL) Central whom ESPN ranks as the #37 player nationally in the Class of 2018, and while he also has an offer from his hometown Illini, let's not forget that assistant coach Roger Powell Jr. is an Illinois native who's well-known in that area.

Drew is still in the honeymoon phase of the job, so it's easy to remain positive about his tenure at Vanderbilt, but independently the early returns we're seeing on the recruiting trail are giving us plenty more reasons to be optimistic about the future of the program.