NCAA approves new recruiting model

The NCAA announced changes to the way high school basketball players can be recruited.

On Thursday, the NCAA Leadership Council passed a number of new rules and revamped the entire model, according to a release on their website.

The major changes include:

— Unlimited phone calls and text messages to recruits starting June 15 after a recruit's sophomore year.

— Two weekends in April will open up for college coaches to evaluate prospects.

— The July recruiting period will be reduced from 20 days to 12.

— Prospects can take official visits beginning Jan. 1 of a prospect's junior year. The school can pay for travel expenses for the prospect and a parent/legal guardian.

— Staged on-campus evaluations on official visits are now permitted.

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