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There is nothing more important for a 5-star recruit than to evaluate the relationship he has with his potential head coach.
This doesn’t need to be a friendship. This also should not be where the player feels like he is calling the shots.
What a 5-star recruit needs is a relationship with a coach that is built on respect.
If an elite-level player is going to reach his potential, he needs to follow the instructions and direction of their coach.
Players need for someone, at times, to tell them, “No.”
If a 5-star to have anything less than respect for their potential coach, it will end up with him going through a year or years at the collegiate level on cruise control.
If a star player lacks respect for his coach, he will not consistently work hard or maximize his substantial upside.
Just recently, Emmanuel Mudiay, the No. 5 player in the 2014 recruiting class, committed to attend SMU near his home in Dallas.
When commenting about why he chose to become a Mustang, he cited his respect for the SMU coach, Larry Brown. Mudiay said:
The program is changing under Coach Brown and I really believe in him. When he talks with me it's not only about basketball, it's about life after the game: What are my interest outside the game and how I will be able to take care of myself and my family.