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Freshman doubles as recruiting guru
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Alex Kline fits right in with so many other Syracuse University freshmen whose daily concerns include overdue laundry and lingering classroom assignments.
But the 18-year-old New Jersey native lives in two different worlds. He doesn’t tell most classmates that he has fielded more than 100 text messages a day this spring from college basketball coaches, top recruits and their family members or advisers.
He does not tell them that he was recently alongside LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Bryce Harper in Forbes‘ “30 under 30″ list of most influential figures in the sports world under the age of 30.
And he does not flaunt the letter from the White House that stated “with sincere regret” that President Obama could not attend Kline’s annual Mary Kline Classic, a high school basketball all-star event he stages in the spring to raise money for cancer research. A brain tumor took his mom’s life when he was 10. More than $39,000 has been raised so far.
In a new media world tailored to pinpoint the next basketball wünderkind, few individuals have received as much hype as Kline, who founded The Recruit Scoop website at 15. The Recruit Scoop is a premium Rivals.com site that offers free recaps. Kline now has more than 27,000 followers on its Twitter account.
“He is an extremely goodhearted person whose intentions are to help people, particularly high school players,” says University of Miami men’s basketball assistant Chris Caputo. “For somebody his age to be helping other kids get college scholarships is a pretty noble thing. The (fame) he gets, I don’t think he craves that. I think he really wants to help people.”
Kline fashions himself part journalist, part event promoter and organizer. He cultivates relationships, gathers information and even recommends recruits to various college coaches nationwide.
His days begin as early as 7 a.m. and continue as late as 3 a.m., as he tries to keep sponsors of his event happy and maintains communication with recruits and college coaches, while worrying about the 1,200-word paper due on immigration and the economy.
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