The reality of coaching at a mid-major program is that you have to take chances on players more often than not. When it comes to big men, that is especially the case, as that even happens at the highest level. Many coaches recruit a big man who clearly has work to do in the hope that they correctly project what he can become. Plenty of those players don’t work out – some never really get better, some might be one-dimensional, and some more might never develop physically. But some of them do work out, and when it happens, it can be quite satisfying.
Delaware senior Jamelle Hagins is one of those who has worked out. While his is a story of what coaches hope will happen when recruiting a young man with the idea of projecting what he will become, Hagins is more than that. Perhaps assistant coach Jeff Rafferty sums it up best when he says that Hagins “is one of my favorites.”