At least one prominent Washington-area coach thinks the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference is going to reshape how local players view the recruiting process.
“I think it’s going to shift a little bit,” said Paul VI Catholic Coach
Glenn Farello, whose roster includes top junior prospect Stan Robinson, who visited Miami last weekend and is visiting Villanova on Friday. “The Big East has overtaken the ACC for kids in our area as the conference they are more interested in. This will shift the balance. It makes the ACC much more interesting. Even the buzz about it when we were down in Miami when it was announced. There were three or four kids down on visits and the conversation shifted to ‘the ACC is rising back up.’
“It will give the ACC a big boost. The fallout to see what happens with the rest [of conferences] will be interesting. For now, with our area, the 15 years I was coaching, the ACC was dominant and in the early 2000’s there was a shift to the Big East for what the kids were interested in. There is going to be another shift. We’ll have to see what happens with the Big East. For right now, there is a bit of a wow factor.
“It’s always been known as Duke, [North] Carolina and everyone else and someone rises up. Now, you’ve added a couple heavy hitters and there will be the appeal of others. It makes the ACC stronger overall. It lends more credibility. You’re going to have an influx of more of those northeastern kids coming into the ACC. It won’t just help the top. I think it helps top to bottom, I really do. It’s always been known as a basketball conference, but now it takes it to a whole different level. And the Big East is still very strong.”