The ways in which college basketball coaches are allowed to recruit are about to change — that’s according to this report from Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.
On Aug. 8, it’s anticipated that the NCAA will make major adjustments to the offseason recruiting calendar. At the top of the list: during the month of July, coaches will now be allowed to attend only one weekend of non-scholastic (AAU) events.
Previously, coaches could attend three weekend worth of events, like Nike’s Peach Jam event down in North Augusta, SC. That will remain in place. However, other July events — hosted by Adidas and Under Armour — will be moved. These events could be placed in direct competition of the Peach Jam.
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The month itself is shrinking from three recruiting weekends to two, with the second featuring camp-style events that will be coordinated by the NCAA, USA Basketball, the NBA and the NBA Players Association.
Additionally, the month of June will take on greater significance:
Coaches will be allowed to go on the road for two three-day periods at the end of the month. The events will be scholastic-oriented (meaning apparel companies cannot be involved), with the focus on rekindling relationships and connections between college and high school coaches.
Prior to those summer months, April could see increased activity, too. The evaluation calendar for the month could stay the same — with coaches evaluating/recruiting prospects once or twice. Under the new proposal, though: post-evaluation in-home visits for prospects would be allowed.
Currently, in-home visits aren’t allowed until prospect finish their junior year of high school. As Norlander points out, these visits normally take place in the fall.
The month of May, which is currently a quiet period, would largely remain the same, according to Norlander.
All of this change is at the behest of NCAA commissioner Mark Emmert. Of course, Emmert promised sweeping reform in the recruiting landscape after the FBI’s investigation into corruption in the sport.
The genesis of that movement started with the creation of the cleverly-titled Commission on College Basketball, which is led by Condoleeza Rice. Emmert believed the sport’s recruiting model to be of concern. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to see seemingly imminent alterations on the near horizon.
There’s more to from Norlander’s report; read the full piece here.