Following months of rumors and suggestions, it appears as though college basketball recruiting will be vastly different starting in 2019.
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander published a report on Tuesday, acknowledging the change in recruiting practices. In his report, he confirms the often mentioned move that the NCAA will shy away from AAU events, instead focusing on a joint venture which is meant to highlight the nation’s top prospects in a smaller window of time.
What is the most shocking aspect of Norlander’s report is that these events will come with a first ever — the NCAA working directly with the NBA, NBA Players Association as well as USA Basketball.
According to the report, this plan of attack is likely to be passed on August 8.
Directly from the Norlander report:
“The setup seems to be very functional,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told CBS Sports about Nike’s annual Peach Jam.
Multiple sources told CBS Sports that feedback received by Castiglione and others led to tweaks to the overall proposal, which has been in development since shortly after the Rice Commission released its report.
Of important note: While over a thousand seniors and juniors will be invited to these events, only elite sophomores will get to go, with zero high school freshmen allowed.
Furthermore, May will remain a “dead period” for college basketball recruiting, but coaches are likely to get a bonus cycle to visit recruits in the months before and after the quiet month.
For the uninitiated, these events constructed by the NCAA, using coaches’ feedback, is in reaction to last year’s FBI scandal that rocked the college basketball community. While many believe the NCAA is using AAU/grassroots basketball as a scapegoat, there are others who believe the governing body of college sports being more directly involved in the recruiting process is good for the sport.
Only time will tell how this alters the recruitment process for players and coaches, as well as the landscape of AAU hoops might shift, but we should have 100 percent clarification when this all becomes official in roughly a week.
CBB Today will have more reactions and fallout from this story as it continues to develop.