I had to learn to recruit for potential, and at this point I can't be sure I did a good job. Based on players I was interested in after searching, I compared the value of sending my assistant on scouting trips vs. the cost of FSS; in every case this season, the former was the more cost-efficient choice. Then I read in the forums that you get better info. from your assistant anyway, so that seemed like the way to go.
But it is pretty frustrating that the assistant will only give you evaluations of potential in four different skill areas per trip. With two players who were relatively close, I sent the assisant out a second time; I got an eval. in one new category for one and zero new categories for the other (i.e. the evals were in the exact same categories he had given me the first time). So with a couple of players I eventually signed, I still have no data in one or two key areas. I decided to offer them scholarships because they seemed like the best players I was going to get anyway.
I started with three openings; when it looked safe to assume that I could sign five guys, I rescinded scholarships from a junior PF with a 16 REB rating, and a junior SF with something like 21/18 in ath/spd and few other redeeming qualities. Now at least I can develop more of my own guys sooner.