Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - There’s one SU freshman who’s already making a name for himself in college hoops, and he doesn't even play. Alex Kline has earned a prestigious spot on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. At 15 Kline founded the Recruit Scoop, a website that tracks top high school basketball players across the country.
It’s the nature of college basketball, every year teams look different as kids turn pro or graduate, and high school seniors take their place on campuses across the country. It’s why Alex Kline has become such a name in the sport.
"I'm more so like all recruiting, just the info. We take a lot of pride in the rankings and everything,” said Alex Kline, owner of The Recruit Scoop.
At 15 Kline founded the Recruit Scoop, a website that tracks top high school basketball players across the country. Kline, never a player himself, now holds a place of major clout with players and coaches.
"Literally, yesterday I'm texting Andy Toole (Head Coach of Robert Morris University) before his game, we're back and forth a little then he's on national TV beating Kentucky and it’s really amazing,” Kline continued.
Humble, despite the attention he draws, Kline is an SU freshman balancing the website, which he says is 24-7, with his class load.
"Sometimes I'll be writing a story on a player, then I'll have to do my paper, then go back to another story. It's a lot of writing, a lot of patience, just managing my time so I'm not wasting any,” Kline said.
This is maybe the most hectic time in the recruiting business, college players looking to transfer, coaches being fired, high schoolers making commitments. Today, Kline is following the sites number two rated recruit Julius Randle, who picked Kentucky and moments later the info was up on the website.
"I typically talk with the player or his coach. In some cases the kids get really busy especially with all the media, a kid commits and everyone's calling his phone, so sometime if you just want to get the story up you can't always get quotes,” Kline further explained.
Kline, who has no staff, says he does travel quite a bit, mostly around the northeast in the winter, but to many all-star tournaments over the summer featuring top recruits.