July 20: first day men’s and women’s college basketball coaches can work with players

Guidelines put in place last month stipulate that college basketball coaches may work with their players starting today — July 20. Required summer athletic activities may now begin.

Back on June 17, the NCAA Division I Council approved offseason/summer plans for men’s and women’s basketball. For a period of time, starting in June, programs were allowed to conduct voluntary activities. From July 1-19, that continued: voluntary and virtual/nonphysical activities. That could include strength and conditioning programs, too.

However, the next phase is open to start on July 20. Required activities can last up to eight weeks — either the first day of class or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.

Now, not all teams will actually start today. Some programs don’t even have players on campus, currently. Duke, for instance, won’t have men’s and women’s basketball players report to campus until Aug. 2, at the earliest. That date is tentative, too.

It’s a bit of a different story a few miles to the west of Durham: first-year Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes is in the process of having individual meetings with his 2020 roster. In a tweet sent out on Monday morning, Forbes started the process with junior forward Isaiah Mucius.

Pitt basketball also returned and got out on the practice floor today, too.


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