Basketball: Recruiting rules changes coming

According to a story posted on ESPN.com, significant rules changes involving college basketball recruiting could be passed by next Thursday.

Some of the changes:

   — Allowing college coaches to attend spring AAU events with additional April evaluation periods

   — Reducing the July recruiting period from 20 days to three four-day opportunities

   — Allowing schools to pay for two parents to accompany their son on official campus recruiting visits

   — Providing unlimited contact — by phone, text, email, Skype, Facebook and Twitter — with recruits beginning on June 15 of their sophomore year. And giving coaches the ability to interact on an unlimited basis with prospects throughout their junior and senior years.

The impetus for this rule change is college coaches now correctly believe that AAU coaches have far more influence on the recruiting process than anyone else, including parents and high school coaches. This balances the equation some.

By allowing parents to attend campus visits and giving college coaches more opportunity to have regular conversations with recruits, the relationship between the player (and his family) and the college coach can be cultivated. 


Jeff Faraudo