The protocol of coaches regarding orally committed recruits has been a hot topic since last week when Portland/Jefferson five-star forward Terrence Jones' status moved into that recruiting limbo of oral-but-not binding commitment.
During a Monday media event, UW coach Lorenzo Romar was asked his policy in similar situations:
"Once they say, 'I'm going to another school,' I wish you the best."
However, that changes if a player later changes his mind, as was the case with Jones' high school teammate and new UW commit Terrence Ross, who originally gave an oral commitment to Maryland.
"Sometimes a kid will be committed and then something go on -- (as example) the kid commits as a sophomore, some things happen, there's a coaching change, and he has a different perspective -- and he was to reopen his commitment. At that time anyone can recruit him, just like us with Terrence Ross. But you make sure the commitment is open."
And as it turns out, that's pretty close to the philosophy put forth by Kentucky coach John Calipari, in this story from the Lexington Herald Leader website.
Here's the most relevant passage:
Speaking of recruiting, Calipari said he hopes to add one or two more players to a class that already includes three five-star prospects: point guard Brandon Knight, pivot man Enes Kanter and wing guard Doron Lamb.
UK is reportedly still in the running for Oregon power forward Terrence Jones, who committed to Washington on Friday. Calipari said he didn't receive any national letters-of-intent Monday.
Jones' recruitment has stirred conversation over coaches contacting recruits who have committed to other schools. Calipari said Monday he would only initiate contact with a recruit who had publicly de-committed from a school.
"If he's made a verbal commitment, we just lay off until the kid publicly de-commits, which has happened before," Calipari said. "If he's committed to a school, then I would not (contact the recruit). There's no rule against it, there's no law against it. I just don't do it."