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.
Today is the first day that college basketball coaches are allowed to work with their players.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 20, 2020
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.
Check out @ZekeMucius!!! He is the 1st player to sit down with me in my office at Wake and have a one on one meeting! I will be meeting with all of our player’s on an individual basis this week & we will be working out for the 1st time together on the court today!!! # GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/wGGQrxC00N
— Steve Forbes (@ForbesWakeHoops) July 20, 2020
Pitt basketball also returned and got out on the practice floor today, too.
Stay ready. #ZooEra pic.twitter.com/Hl2iTbLo1m
— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_MBB) July 20, 2020