The July evaluation period, or 'live' period, is widely considered to be the most hectic time of summer season for college coaches and recruits. Every weekend is filled with high-end tournaments and events, giving college coaches the chance to get out and evaluate new talent, while keeping a close eye on the players they are already recruiting.
Typically, a head coach and multiple assistants will hit the road during this period to get total coverage of all the action, which often occurs on the same day in different parts of the country. Often times, we can get a good indication of who is important in Jay Wright's plans by who he is watching, while his assistants take on more of the advance scouting work for future classes.
Wright started his travels by staying local for the Reebok Breakout Classic at Philadelphia University (Baker Dunleavy was also in attendance).
Here Wright watched current commitment Tim Delaney, plus targets like Tyus Battle, Derrick Jones, Sedee Keita and Chris Silva - all report an offer from the Wildcats with Silva thought to be a strong lean.
A new name also emerged from that event, with New York shooting guard Donovan Mitchell landing an offer from Jay Wright (as well as a host of other schools) with his strong play during the AAU season. Mitchell is blowing up right now, but that hasn't stopped Jay Wright from trying to get a foothold. A few days later, Wright was seen courtside in Atlanta watching Mitchell at the Under Armour Finals.
Before heading north to the EYBL Finals, Wright also checked in on WE-R-1 (the eventual champions) who boast Delaney, Jones, Keita and Ernest Aflakpui.
The Nike EYBL Peach Jam event, held in North Augusta, SC, is widely considered the premier event of the live period. Wright was first spotted there taking a Team SCAN game - the team features Battle, Cheick Diallo and Kassoum Yakwe.
Wright then moved on to the underclassmen, where he was spotted watching 2017 G Tremont Waters and 2016 G Xavier Simpson go head-to-head. Following that he checked in on the 16U Team Final squad, which features 2016 wing Lamar Stevens (who was recently offered by Indiana).
Finally, Wright was seen taking in a Mac Irvin Fire game - the team features elite point guard Jalen Brunson, who was widely thought to be a Temple lean before his father's arrest (still no word on what's happening there).
All in all, a busy couple of weeks for Coach Wright, and it's not over yet. This coming weekend represents the last weekend of the live period, and Wright and staff are expected to be in attendance at the Las Vegas Fab 48.