Chris Skinkis – NCCU
Drawing on his early coaching experience at the JUCO level at Indian Hills, Skinkis has developed the reputation of a relentless recruiter. His sincere personality and work ethic have helped him throughout his young career, and learning under LeVelle Moton at NCCU will make him even better.
Robby Pridgen - Robert Morris
You simply don’t grow up in Akron as a high school teammate of LeBron James and playing for Keith Dambrot without learning a thing or two about talent and excelling in basketball. This true mentor improves the overall life if his recruits, getting better every day on and off the court.
McRoy Elwyn - Coppin State
One of the most skilled recruiters in the land as well as an exceptional coach, McRoy began his career at the junior college level where he would coach 28 eventual D1 players. Named one of the Top 12 JUCO recruiters in the nation by Basketball Times, his ability to use his extensive network of contacts and working recruits until they finally say “yes” has made him successful at all of his stops.
Bobby Kennen - North Florida
Armed with a reputation as a strong recruiter serving his cause to better his team and climb the coaching rungs, Kennen would probably miss his own retirement press conference because he’s on the road recruiting.
Shane Nichols - Murray State
Noted as a high energy and high character coach, excelling in both player development and recruiting, Nichols has particularly established himself as an outstanding evaluator of talent with the ability to win over recruits and their families.
Brian Collins – ETSU
As a former JUCO head coach, Collins’ players have gone on to four year schools ranging from Auburn to Cal State Bakersfield. He understands the landscape from both sides. One of the top young coaches, “Penny”, as he is known, gives ETSU a phenomenal 1-2 punch (#9 Savage) in recruiting.
J. Keith LeGree -Texas Southern
A key recruiter during Bob Huggins hay-day at Cincinnati, LeGree has resurrected his career at Texas Southern and he is back landing players better than his league.
Ronnie Dean - Jacksonville State
While his boss was recently let go, Ronnie Dean could certainly not be left off the list. The savvy veteran has long been recognized as a top national recruiter. The former talent scout for Ballplayers Scouting Service and JUCO coach has a lifetime of experience and a vast network that enables him to ALWAYS find PLAYERS!
Rob Klinkefus - South Dakota State
The former football star has transitioned to quarterbacking the recruiting circuit; landing top players from the Midwest to South Dakota State, thus keeping the Jackrabbits at the top of the league, year in and year out.
Erik Pastrana - Stephen F. Austin
An up and coming star in college coaching, Pastrana adds dimension and depth in recruiting to the experienced staff at SFA. Pastrana has benefitted from a triple threat of recruiting education…JUCO, FORBES, and UNDERWOOD.
Chris Moore - Southeast Missouri
Fourteen of Moore’s recruits have played professionally. He maintains a great reputation in the business and has built a network paramount to help recruiting efforts anywhere he goes. Moore can pluck recruits from anywhere and any walk of life. Stands to reason why he was Rick Ray’s first hire to help rebuild SEMO.
Yaphett King -Texas A&M CC
King has enjoyed a cultured basketball career that has taken him all over the world at all levels, both as a player and coach. It’s a valuable experience he can impart on his recruits and players as a future and current mentor. With an eye for talent, the energetic King has brought in top-flight talent into gorgeous Corpus Christi.
Bobby Kummer – Lamar
Altogether, the 20 plus year veteran has recruited and coached 16 all-conference selections, including three all-freshman, two conference players of the year, two defensive players of the year, two freshmen of the year and two newcomers of the year. He has helped land five top-20 recruiting classes in his career.
Nikita Johnson – Stetson
Boasting a resume of recruits that numbers over 50 pro players and includes current NBA guys Glen Davis, Tyrus Thomas, Brandon Bass, Mike James, and Anthony Randolph, it’s easy to understand why this top assistant coach is on our list.
Marc Hsu - CSU Bakersfield
Simply put, in the words of his own recruit: “I trusted him a lot, He's like my older brother.” Hsu has carved a niche in the JUCO world where his signees helped Bakersfield to the Big Dance this season.
Senque Carey - Florida Gulf Coast
Armed with one of the best personalities in the game, Carey, known as Q, played for recruiting guru Fran Fraschilla. His high level work ethic and major recruiting ties around the country make him an extremely valuable gun in Joe Dooley’s arsenal.
Doug Esleeck – Mercer
A track record that speaks for itself, Esleeck brought in three players ranked among ESPN’s top 150 including an A-Sun Player of the Year, All-Freshman selection, and an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American; not to mention a Big South Conference All-Freshman player on his recruiting resume. The tireless worker makes a difficult job look easy.
Brooks Savage – ETSU
In the words of The Cadillac Three, ‘It’s all about the South’ for this savvy recruiter. Well experienced in all facets of the game at a young age, Savage has blazed his own trail all over the southern states and is making inroads beyond. He was a key hire for Steve Forbes first D1 head coaching job and it has and will continue to pay off. [Click on the above link for It's All About the South official video by The Cadillac Three]
Mike Babul – Wagner
Babul is responsible for recruiting and guiding five NBA players along-side of over 30 student-athletes that have gone on to play professionally. A vital cog in Wagner’s recruiting efforts.
Paul Weir - New Mexico State
With ties all over the world, Weir’s recruiting classes have featured key players from France, Croatia, South Africa, Canada and more. Weir brought in the first WAC Player of the Year in school history and first AP All-American in 11 years at NM State (Daniel Mullings).
Dustin Kerns – Wofford
The hard working architect has spent a career building bridges in the South, Midwest and the West Coast that have helped solidify recruiting everywhere he’s been and will be. His guys include All-Conference First Team, NABC All-District, Freshman All-Conference Team and Conference Defensive Player of the Year selections in multiple conferences.
TJ Benson - Grand Canyon
Well connected in Arizona and in Southern California, Benson is a strong recruiting asset for Grand Canyon, which was proven by this years’ 27 wins (and still counting). Benson tirelessly works the circuit to lure top players to a low-major Division I transition school with a bright future. The basketball world has taken notice as doors are opening and top players are seeing the benefits of GCU.
James Strong – Belmont
The former Furman associate head coach was hired by the Bruins for his innovation. Specifically dedicated to implementing new ideas and approaches both on the court and on the recruiting trail. He is the perfect fit to keep landing “Belmont type” student-athletes to continue their winning ways.
Mike Boynton, Jr. - Stephen F. Austin
Boynton made a name for himself by playing an instrumental role in South Carolina’s nationally ranked 17th best recruiting class of 2010. He has a ton of connections in Texas, throughout the South and the East Coast and has played a major role landing the talent responsible for SFA’s recent success.
Mark Downey – IPFW
Downey delivers diverse networks of recruiting ties through his experience coaching in seven different states and at multiple levels of college basketball as both a head and assistant coach. He is responsible for recruiting a plethora of all conference, as well as Player of the Year winners that have helped his teams do what Downy does best – WIN!
Our national panel of voters ranked the Top 25 Assistant Coach Recruiters at the Low-Major level. Coaches from the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, MEAC, NEC, OVC, Southland, Summit, SWAC, and WAC were considered based on criteria such as recruiting contributions to team success, experience, reputation among peers, success of signees and more.