Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro and University at Albany coach Will Brown could have more leisure time during the summer.And they're not happy about it.The NCAA Division I Board of Directors will consider Thursday a rule that would eliminate men's basketball recruiting in July starting in 2012.Both Buonaguro and Brown are against the change, saying it would deprive them of valuable time scouting high school prospects at summer AAU tournaments."That's a rule that's going to benefit the bigger schools," Buonaguro said. "We have to go out and evaluate. We don't select. So it's a rule that could hurt some programs like UAlbany and Siena."Outside of the school year, the only time coaches are allowed to evaluate recruits are for two 10-day periods in July.
NEW YORK - College basketball coaches aren't ready to pack in their summer recruiting road trips.Some are quite upset over a proposal that would eliminate July men's basketball recruiting beginning in 2012. It's a pivotal evaluation time for coaches, who travel to various summer camps and clinics during two 10-day stretches of scouting trips.ESPN.com first reported the Conference Commissioners Association voted last month to recommend the abolition of summer recruiting. The recommendation has moved on to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said he had been spearheading the move to eliminate July recruiting as chairman of the FBS group in the CCA.
The NCAA will soon begin a study to determine whether or not to eliminate the 20-day summer recruiting period in men's basketball, which was proposed by the Collegiate Commissioners Association in September.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzeweski said earlier this week, what a lot of other coaches have said-he's not in favor of wiping it out all together.
"If people would cut out summer recruiting, it would be a huge mistake."
"Now, what we do with it, how we go forward, let's figure out what's in the best interest of our game, what's in the best interest of all the schools involved. "
The proposal endorsed by conference commissioners to recommend elimination of the NCAA’s summer recruiting period is not universally popular—perhaps not even among the commissioners themselves.
The Collegiate Commissioners Association unanimously voted to recommend the elimination of summer recruiting to the NCAA’s Division I board of governors, ESPN reported. But there actually was some dissent.
Whether or not a proposal to eliminate a crucial recruiting period in college basketball goes through, one thing seems certain: It has created the firestorm of reaction among coaches that it was meant to create.
In September, the Conference Commissioners Association recommended a ban on the July recruiting period starting in 2011 or 2012.
The two 10-day periods in July are essential to most coaches. They allow them, in an economical and efficient way, to evaluate a high volume of high school players at a few AAU or camp events.
When Michigan basketball coach John Beilein was appointed as the head of the NCAA's new ethics committee a year ago, he set out to identify the biggest problems in college basketball.
One of them was the way the July recruiting period operated.
“The July period is not perfect, but we’ve made so many great strides with that evaluation period over the past five years in enforcement, compliance, ethical conduct,” Beilein said Thursday. “I think that’s what I think about, that the whole area of July has really improved greatly in the past several years.”
Now, it’s possible the effort and strides he and his coalition have made could go away.
PROVO — It might not involve any actual instruction or coaching, but the work that lies ahead during the next few months for the BYU basketball staff will nonetheless have a major impact on the program's future.July is a key evaluation month where, during two 10-day periods with a six-day dead time in between, three BYU coaches can be on the road to evaluate potential recruits. The coaches cannot contact any recruits, just observe them.Most of the evaluation will take place at regional AAU camps, where many of the top prep players in the country gather to showcase their skills. Normally, the camps in Las Vegas and Orlando attract the most talent.