It's hard to tell just how well the recruiting process is going until a player signs his letter of intent. Until then, all the hard work in the world could be for naught if another school swoops in at the 11th hour and lands the kid you've worked months -- and maybe years -- to sign.
But that's the reality of big-time college basketball, and something UConn coach Kevin Ollie certainly understands. It also doesn't mean he won't continue to grind it out. We know this because Ollie said as much recently.
"Just work hard, challenge yourself each and every day," Ollie said last week. "I'm going to try to outlast the rest, whether it's on the recruiting front, working out guys, having a relationship with the guys."
With that in mind, the Huskies are in the mix for point guard Quentin Snider (whose father thinks Ollie "can get the dog out of"). And now, Paul White, a 6-8 small forward from Chicago, has UConn among top-5 schools. He's scheduled to visit Storrs on Sept. 27, according to ChicagoHoops.com. The other four finalists: Arizona, Georgetown, Minnesota and DePaul.
As it stands, the Huskies' Class of 2014 includes Rodney Purvis and Daniel Hamilton, and Abdul-Malik Abu and Snider are also in the mix. Add White and UConn will have one of the nation's best recruiting classes. And what conference they play in -- Big East, American Athletic or the summer rec league -- won't matter one bit.
For Ollie, that means he continues to outwork everyone else on the recruiting trail.
"Kids want the head coach to call, some guys want to be recruited only by the head coach," Ollie said. "But at the same time, assistant coaches make the initial contact. Others don't care; they want to have a good relationship with all the coaches."