Q/A with 2022 Top-30 Eric Dailey
Tell me about where you grew up.
I grew up in a small city called Bradenton, Florida. A little beach town really not much to do.
Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?
My mom coached in the WNBA and in college and my dad played overseas for 10 years so I was born a basket for the most part.
When did you start taking the sport seriously?
I took basketball seriously around the 6th grade. I saw I had talent and just needed to work on it.
Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?
Mom played at Texas and coached WNBA and college. My dad played at TCU and played 10 years overseas and my uncle played in the NFL.
Describe your game in a sentence or two.
What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?
Basketball is a get away from regular life and it puts me at peace.
How do you feel about your current ranking?
I should be higher but it doesn’t matter.
Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?
Rankings don’t matter only the work on the court does. I seen the best get exposed by unranked players. The only ranking that matters is the NBA draft pick.
Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?
Not yet, still waiting on other schools.
What schools reach out to you the most?
Michigan, Iowa State, Miami, Florida, Texas A&M.
During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?
Yes because that is the coach you are playing for and you need to have a relationship with the schools coach you’re going to.
What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?
I would just say stay in contact and be consistent.
Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?
My mom and dad and coaches have so far and they say go to the school that wants you the most and the best fit for me.
What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially or officially?
I haven’t been to any schools yet but did a virtual visit with Michigan and Iowa State.
Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?
I’m not sure yet.
Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.
Duke and Florida State.
Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?
Not really, just having a solid team that plays good together. You don’t need a whole lot of superstars to be good.
Did you have a dream school growing up?
Yes I did. It was Duke.
Let’s flash forward a few years. You get your first NBA paycheck. What’s the first three things you buy?
I'm going to get a house, a chef, and a car.