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Net prospect : the courting process of women's college basketball recruiting
Becker, Lisa Liberty.
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Publication Information:
Terre Haute, Indiana : Wish Publishing, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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GV886 .B39 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This masterpiece of Christian literature by a sixteenth-century priest explains how to live a holy life in the secular world. Drawn from the letters of St. Francis de Sales, it presents clear and direct advice about praying, resisting temptation, and maintaining devotion to God. 
A key figure in France's Counter Reformation, St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) served as Bishop of Geneva and was canonized in 1665. The popularity of his prolific writings on spirituality led to his nomination as the patron saint of authors and journalists. Today's readers feel a special affinity for St. Francis, whose suggestions for living a truly Christian life don't involve withdrawal from the world. In this enduring spiritual guide, his remarkably modern advice appears in the form of letters. The saint's frank and practical counsel ranges from embracing meditations that strengthen the resolve to maintain a virtuous existence to performing daily exercises that renew the soul.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Women's college basketball recruiting hasn't yet become the cesspool of corruption that exists in the men's game, but as the money comes so will the temptations. Becker, a senior writer for Women's Basketball magazine, interviewed more than 80 players and coaches for her examination of a system that is increasingly pressurized as coaches develop their careers and universities attempt to stay ahead of the pack so that when the big bucks do appear, they have a leg up on the field. She begins by laying out the basic recruiting guidelines for NCAA Divisions I, II, and III as well as for junior colleges and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). She then examines the roles of parents, high-school coaches, recruiting camps, the nascent «street agent» scene, and the ubiquitous scouting reports. Becker's book is both a clear-eyed examination of where the women's recruiting process is today and a cautionary tale of where it may be headed. This will be of value to parents, athletes, coaches, and fans. Wes Lukowsky.

Choice Review

This is not a "how to get a basketball scholarship" book but rather a collection of personal stories told from many angles. Becker, who herself played college basketball, coached at the high school and college levels and is now a magazine journalist. Using the journalist's techniques of interviewing, listening, and tape recording, she writes in an easy, almost conversational style in telling the tale from the perspectives of potential high school recruits, coaches, parents, and professional recruiters. There are separate chapters for the very different situations of NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and junior colleges. The first chapter describes the process of recruiting, complete with the most important rules, lists of do's and don'ts, and contact numbers and e-mail addresses. Subsequent chapters recount individuals' stories. Becker acknowledges that she began the book by hunting for some "dirt"; she concludes by observing that although girls'/women's basketball has in recent years become exponentially more competitive, it has not (yet) reached the levels (read depths) of boys'/men's basketball primarily because the money in professional women's basketball does not approach that in men's. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General and lower-level undergraduate collections. S. H. M. Reekie San Jose State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Pregamep. ix
1. The Recruiting Process, 101: Bare Bones Rules, Terminology, and Factoidsp. 1
2. Recruiting, Intensified: NCAA Division I Coachesp. 21
3. The 'Tweeners: NCAA Division II Coachesp. 58
4. The Waiters: NCAA Division III Coachesp. 81
5. Recruits' Point Of View: High School Class of 2001p. 97
6. Keeping it Mum: Parents' Involvement in Recruitingp. 127
7. Go-Between: The Complex Role of High School and Club Coachesp. 144
8. The Exposure Biz: Recruiting Reports, Shootouts, and Exposure Campsp. 176
9. The Others: Recruiting at the NAIA and Junior College Levelsp. 206
Postgame Summaryp. 240
Appendix Team Rosterp. 243