SKIP PROSSER was the ultimate cautionary tale about summer recruiting, the July whirlwind that takes coaches from coast to coast, with little sleep, late-night fast food, red-eye flights, their lives in fast forward, with no hitting the pause button.

Whether Prosser's death last summer was in any way tied to the hectic life that the Wake Forest coach and his coaching brethren have led for years is unknown. But everybody involved in the frenzied pace knows it can't be healthy.

Memphis coach John Calipari has a solution: Get rid of it.

"Summer recruiting used to be different," he said. "You did not have a proliferation of AAU tournaments."

Now, you do. Coaches rush from gym to gym in Las Vegas, fly to Orlando, Fla., for games at the Disney's Milk House, and stop off at points in between - to see or be seen. It is insane.

And, said Calipari, it is not helping smaller schools. He remembers almost blowing his biggest recruit: "We almost lost Camby."

Marcus Camby was a virtual unknown until Billy Bayno, one of Calipari's assistants at Massachusetts, helped get him into a camp at UC Irvine in the summer before his senior year.

"I can still remember sitting at UC Irvine saying, 'Billy, why did you have him come here?' " Calipari remembered. "I wasn't sure how good he was. I said: 'Look at him. Did you watch him?' Those people didn't see him until we stuck him in the camp. We did it to ourselves."

UMass got Camby anyway, but it should have been easier. UMass was there first and knew the most. Then, everybody knew.

"The Atlantic 10 should be one of those leagues that should be absolutely pushing for summer recruiting to end," Calipari said. "Put it back in the high schools, Make it more regional."

It is a nice, rational thought. It make so much sense, there is no chance it can happen.

The seniors

Everybody (me included) gets caught up in the exciting freshmen, now that we have NBA-caliber freshmen again. One could put together a nice squad of seniors, even if the NBA folks sometimes view them as players to avoid.

Everybody (me included) gets caught up in the exciting freshmen, now that we have NBA-caliber freshmen again. One could put together a nice squad of seniors, even if the NBA folks sometimes view them as players to avoid.

How about a squad of Roy Hibbert (Georgetown), Jonathan Wallace (Georgetown), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Sean Singletary (Virginia), A.J. Graves (Butler) and Kyle Weaver (Washington State)? Would be guard-heavy and difficult to defend.

Careful what you wish for

Remember the 1999 NCAA Tournament when Gonzaga became a household name, falling just shy of the Final Four, while losing to eventual champion Connecticut in the last minute? The coach, Dan Monson, was so hot. Minnesota, looking for a coach after Clem Haskins disappeared following an academic scandal, turned to Monson.

Remember the 1999 NCAA Tournament when Gonzaga became a household name, falling just shy of the Final Four, while losing to eventual champion Connecticut in the last minute? The coach, was so hot. Minnesota, looking for a coach after disappeared following an academic scandal, turned to Monson.

Minnesota? Gonzaga? Did not seem complicated. It was.

Gonzaga, under Mark Few, has become a great program.

Minnesota and Monson divorced early last season. He now coaches at Long Beach State. He lost his first game on Nov. 10, 74-34, to BYU. His team shot 3-for-27 in the first half. Its record is 2-6.

Now that's a streak

East Carolina is actually in North Carolina, not that anybody has ever noticed.

East Carolina is actually in North Carolina, not that anybody has ever noticed.

Before Dec. 8, ECU had played 57 games against ACC teams and been perfect - 0-57.

Then, the Pirates beat North Carolina State, 75-69. To stay noticed, it might be a good idea to stay away from 1-114.

Few better than Hines

When Fran McCaffery left UNC Greensboro to take the Siena job, he left behind a recruiting gift for the ages. Senior Kyle Hines, from Sicklerville, N.J. (Timber Creek High), is simply one of the best players in college hoops. He is fifth in career scoring (1,730), second in rebounding (845) and third in blocked shots (280). He has a serious shot at 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks, something accomplished by only five players (Derrick Coleman, Tim Duncan, Pervis Ellison, Alonzo Mourning, David Robinson) since blocks became an official statistic in 1986.

When left UNC Greensboro to take the Siena job, he left behind a recruiting gift for the ages. Senior , from Sicklerville, N.J. (Timber Creek High), is simply one of the best players in college hoops. He is fifth in career scoring (1,730), second in rebounding (845) and third in blocked shots (280). He has a serious shot at 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks, something accomplished by only five players () since blocks became an official statistic in 1986.

Double-double machine

Kansas State's Michael Beasley had a double-double in each of his first 10 games, starting with 32 points, 24 rebounds in the opener against Sacramento State.

Kansas State's had a double-double in each of his first 10 games, starting with 32 points, 24 rebounds in the opener against Sacramento State.

The freshman record for consecutive DD's (22) was set by Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony. The overall record? North Carolina's Billy Cunningham, 40 from Dec. 15, 1962 to Feb. 22, 1964. And all you people remember him only as a great player for the 76ers and the last pro head coach to hold a championship trophy in this town.

Interesting way to recruit

Ever wonder how Indiana ended up with sensational freshman Eric Gordon after he had already committed to Illinois?

Ever wonder how Indiana ended up with sensational freshman after he had already committed to Illinois?

Follow the timeline. Gordon committed to Illinois in November 2005, 6 months after Illinois' great 2004-05 season that ended with a championship-game loss to North Carolina. Kelvin Sampson was hired by Indiana in March 2006. Two months later, he hired Jeff Meyer to be an assistant. Meyer had coached Gordon's father at Liberty University. Three months later, Sampson hired Travis Steele, Gordon's former AAU coach, as his video coordinator. Two months later, Gordon changed his commitment to Indiana. IU plays at Illinois on Feb. 7.

This and that

-- Love the Philly Hall of Fame. Great names every year. Still can't figure out what La Salle's Lionel Simmons needs to do to get into the Hall. He can't add to his career totals.

-- Love the Philly Hall of Fame. Great names every year. Still can't figure out what La Salle's Lionel Simmons needs to do to get into the Hall. He can't add to his career totals.

All the L-Train did was score 3,217 points, third all-time. That is not third here. That is third everywhere. In the 18 seasons since Simmons scored his final point, nobody has approached his total.

I have covered a lot of players in this town and seen plenty more around the country. I can say this with assurance: If there was ever a big spot in a game when your team absolutely had to score, I never saw a player more likely to make that basket than the L-Train.

-- Saint Joseph's certainly has had its share of success in recent seasons. The Hawks have had way more than their share of heartbreaking endings. SJU has lost two overtime games this season. Going back to Dec. 31, 2002, when they won in OT at Gonzaga, the Hawks have lost seven consecutive OT games.

-- Games to watch for this week: Duke-Pittsburgh tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown at Memphis, Saturday.

-- Texas A&M freshman DeAndre Jordan has attempted 50 shots. And missed only 11. Before you head to the calculators, that would be a cool 78 percent.

-- Kansas has forced 17 or more turnovers in all 10 of its games.

-- Cornell's Ryan Wittman, son of Randy, is shooting a rather effective 60.6 percent from the arc.

-- The last 3 years have seen more underclassmen than ever declare for the NBA draft - 111. The 43 after last season were the most. Just a suggestion here, but some of those underclassmen might want to see how many selections are actually made by the NBA and do the math. The numbers really don't add up.

-- There are now more foreign players in college hoops than there are teams - a record 424 last season.

-- Want to be a Division I coach? Consider renting. There were 61 coaching changes after the 2006-07 season, or 18.8 percent of the total jobs, the third-highest percent in the last 20 years.