The NCAA revamped more than just its student-athlete requirements and aid on Thursday. The Board of Directors also adopted a completely new recruiting model for basketball.
The most important changes are:
- Contact is mostly deregulated starting June 15 after a recruit’s sophomore year. Coaches will be allowed to send unlimited text messages, make unlimited phone calls and send unlimited private messages via social media websites.
- Two weekends in April will be opened up to coaches.
- July will be trimmed to three four-day periods, as opposed to two 10-day periods
- Official visits can begin January 1 of a recruit’s junior year, with travel expenses for the recruit and his family being paid for by the school
- On-campus evaluations during official visits will be permitted
- Some contact at a recruit’s high school will be permitted beginning during a prospect’s junior year
These are changes that needed to be made by the NCAA. With prospects making their decisions earlier and earlier, the line of communication between a player and school needed to be enhanced. Official visits being permitted during a recruit’s junior year will allow prospects to get a better feel of the campus, at an earlier age.
Opening up April was a must. Cramming all AAU evaluations into July was too much in a short amount of time. Coaches can now track development of players during their school season, spring AAU season and summer AAU circuit. Moreover, it will be lessen the impact of middle men, who coaches need to rely on when they can’t watch players.
The unlimited contact makes sense, although it could become a problem if recruits are spending too much time taking to coaches during school hours. If prospects don’t get bogged down with the new contact rules, it will be a win-win for everyone.
Overall, these were changes that needed to be done. This will lessen the impact of unofficial visits, which has been a major problem in recruiting over the past few years. To me, the more communication there is between coaches and prospective recruits, the better.
This won’t solve all the problems in the recruiting process, but it’s a significant step.