Pandemic Complicates Recruiting For Class of 2021

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down competitive athletics this summer, it throws a big monkey wrench into the college recruiting.  For high school basketball players like Beaver Dam’s Nate Abel, who is drawing some NCAA Division One interest, the summer AAU season before their senior season is big a big part of the recruitment process.

Beaver Dam boy’s basketball coach Tim Ladron told that after a solid AAU season last year, and an impressive junior campaign for the Golden Beavers this past winter, Abel was starting to get noticed by colleges across the nation.   He says for seniors like Nate, this summer’s AAU circuit was going to be a big one when it came to his recruitment.

With these unique times, Ladron says they have been getting creative as to how to get Abel seen by potential college coaches.  He says they have been sending out films to schools, along with workout and training videos, making phone calls and sending emails.

Ladron adds that Abel isn’t the only guy in this situation as all seniors are in the same boat, which evens the playing field. He was expecting Abel to have a big AAU season.

Abel is ranked as the 24th best prospect in the class of 2021 by Mark Miller’s Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook.