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Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

Posted on: October 21, 2010 8:31 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 2:19 pm
The Conference Commissioners Association voted at a meeting last month to recommend to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors that the July recruiting period should be eliminated beginning in 2012, has confirmed. What this means is that the Board of Directors could formally accept the recommendation later this month and effectively end summer recruiting, which would (in my opinion) be a massive mistake. first reported the development.

Yes, it's true that there are many issues with summer recruiting. But -- as I detailed in a column last June -- eliminating the summer evaluation period would hardly eliminate the issues the NCAA would like to curb. It wouldn't eliminate summer basketball, and it sure wouldn't eliminate the influence of summer basketball coaches, agents or shoe companies. Again, I detailed all of this in a column last June, with the main point being that only folks with no real understanding of this sport -- plus John Calipari -- believe the total elimination of the July recruiting period is a move in the right direction.

Why does Calipari favor it, you ask?

Because he's one of the biggest names in college basketball at one of the sport's most powerful institutions, and at this point Calipari doesn't evaluate and recruit as much as select from an elite crop of well-known prospects. Same goes for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and Roy Williams at North Carolina. So for those guys, this is great because they work from an advantageous position. But it's terrible for almost everybody else, which is why college coaches are mostly against eliminating summer recruiting, and why the Board of Directors would be wise to listen to them before implementing such drastic legislation.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:49 am

Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

When they do this they should also employ the second thing Calipari talks about when asked about getting rid of the summer recruiting period and that's to allow college coaches time with their teams in the summer. It's crazy that coaches can't spend any time working with their team in the summer and this would be an advantage for all coaches and programs.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:17 am

Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

What about the kids that do not play on their high school teams for whatever reason and just play on the circuit and earn athletic scholarships.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:16 am

Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

As someone who is involved with the summer hoops here in NJ it really is a sad seen in the summer.  The places that run these tournaments charge college coaches and assistants and parents tons of money ( in some cases taxpayer money depending on the school) to come and have access to these kids.  The truly special players don't even play because they are studs and have already narrowed the list to three top tier schools.  The smaller schools are begging to be fallback schools for some kids by just sucking up and inflating some kids egos.  Eliminating the people that are profiting from these kids could only be a good thing.  Sneakers, clothes, etc....  it not a good seen and the kids are surrounded by people that are not about character and teaching but about selfishness and smacktalking... these coaches live out their coach k fantasies every other weekend and it's sickening.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:09 am

Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

Royal, I absolutely disagree with you on this.  I think you're not looking at this from a logical standpoint.  While it's true that eliminating the summer recruiting would create an unknown scenario in terms of how it affects the entire NCAA, it most certainly benefits the Mike Krzyzewskis and John Caliparis of the basketball world.  The top tier coaches don't really need the face time with recruits like the Phil Martellis or Scott Drews of the basketball world.  Coaches like Krzyzewski, Calipari, Jim Boeheim, and Roy Williams simply have to let it be known to top tier recruits they're interested and unless the kid doesn't want to go to that particular school, they're in the mix to land the player.

On the other hand, lower level schools that rise and fall with the quality of their recruiting classes would definitely be hurt by not being able to talk to the players face-to-face at the "amateur" camps and NCAA-sanctioned events.  Martelli at St. Joe's needs to bust his backside to land kids in the top 100 and it takes more than one visit to the Elite Eight before Scott Drew can consistently land recruits in the top 100 or top 50.  At the same time, Krzyzewski barely had to lift a finger to land Austin Rivers and Williams didn't need to do much to get Harrison Barnes to sign on the dotted line for the Tarheels.

Eliminating the summer visits and recruiting tours for basketball will definitely affect the smaller programs more than the perennial powerhouses of recruiting.  I would go so far as to say it could cripple the lower tier programs and allow the Dukes, Syracuses, and Carolinas to cherry pick the best players and leave the rest scrambling to land players near the bottom of the top 100 as their best possible recruits for years to come.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:48 am

Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

Gary, would you put Bill Self at Kansas up there on that list too (of coaches who select)? Or would you say he is a notch below?

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:48 am

Summer recruiting suddenly in jeopardy

Saying that the rich and powerful benefit from this legislation is silly.  If you already have the advantage like UK, UNC and Duke possess then where do they gain by changing the landscape of recruiting?  UK has had the top ranked class three years in arow under Calipari and the existing system.  Why would they want to change a system they already thrive in to go to something that MIGHT tilt the results in some unknown direction?

In business you control what you can control while minimizing risks in areas you can't control.  The NCAA is doing what business does; controlling what they can.  That's what this legislation is all about.

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