The debate on whether BYU is doing enough to recruit foreign basketball players took several twists this week, including claims of barriers from some, allegations from others, and obvious frustration from head coach Dave Rose.
On Tuesday, Rose reacted to a question about international recruiting with visual frustration. He was almost testy, saying he almost brought in a player this year but failure to pass a test kept the athlete out.
Robbie McCombs, of the website Vanquishthefoe.com, identified that prospect as 6-foot-8 forward Agasiy Tonoyan from Russia, who made a visit to Provo this past year.
This same week, Deseret News columnist Doug Robinson addressed the issue in a column, which provided statistics on foreign players in the NBA and the WCC in which BYU plays.
In reaction to the criticism that the Cougars haven’t been as actively engaged as others in recruiting on foreign soil, Rose’s daughter, Chanell Reichner, posted on Twitter an alternative view, suggesting some have it easier than others in the effort and some foreign players have agents who want to be paid.
Are payments being made?
Chanell, a former Division I basketball player who married former BYU guard Brock Reichner, added this.
It is against NCAA rules to pay “finder’s fees” to outside scouts or "recruiting bird dogs" to bring prospects to a school. But is it done more than some think?
These are interesting times.