What are your overall thoughts on the new basketball recruiting model?
Evan Daniels: I think a good majority of the new recruiting model will help college basketball recruiting. The past rules were outdated. College coaches and the recruits both seem to agree that the new recruiting model will help the overall recruiting process.
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Brian Snow: In general I think the changes are a good thing. What this does is it brings the NCAA at least close to matching technology in terms of how kids communicate, what they can control and monitor, and also how coaches can communicate with kids and make best use of their time.
The way the current, now old, rules are set up, coaches were being forced to watch weight lifting classes, purposefully call when a kid wouldn't be able to answer so he would call them back and allow them to not waste a phone call, and also it forced coaches to go through a third party to try and reach the kid or the parents a lot of the time.
Now all of that has gone away for the most part, and kids have the ability to communicate with coaches in a more free flowing manner.
What concerns do you have about the new model?
ED:The biggest concern for me is the unlimited text messages and phone calls beginning on June 15th between a prospects sophomore and junior season. While I think more communication is a plus and that adding text messages is a good thing, I think that unlimited calls/texts could get old to prospects real quick. Some prospects will be overwhelmed by the amount of texts and calls, while others won't care. I think the way to have made that rule better would have been to restrict it to certain hours or put phone calls at 3 or so a week.
The other thing that concerns me is losing days in July. Granted July was a long, grueling month I think the more coaches can evaluate kids the better. Now I like how they split it up into three segments. If they had maybe added one more segment, I think it would have helped, but I do think the overall direction of the rules in place are a positive.
BS:My major concern is now all of the pressure has swung from the college coaches to the parents/AAU coaches/High School coaches. Before the NCAA was the one who controlled how the message was to be delivered, now it is on the adults surrounding the kid to do so.
Some coaches won't try to bombard kids with calls, and others will, it will all depend on how a coach approaches things and what he decides is best for him to get the recruit. However if a kid is being borderline harassed or inundated with calls, the parents and the coaches now have to be the gatekeepers.
If a parent tells a coach, "You call my kid more than twice a week and you are eliminated," then guess what said coach won't call more than twice a week. However not all parents are there to deliver that message for their teenager to the coaches, and that is where things get a bit scary.
The only other concern from my perspective is the last thing we need is coaches watching kids less. Under the old system coaches had 20 days in July to evaluate. Now they have roughly 18 evaluation days between April and July. While not a huge difference, the basic principle of coaches seeing kids less isn't a good thing.
What is the best new rule in place?
ED: I think it's a close tie between bringing back the April evaluation period and allowing for official visits beginning during a prospects junior season.
The April evaluation period needed to be brought back for a number of reasons. It will help the new head coaches, who are just getting to evaluate guys and getting their foot in the door, but will also be good for all because it gives coaches different periods throughout the year that they can evaluate guys. The key here is for the coaches to get the most accurate evaluations and being able to see guys in the spring, summer and during the high school season is a major plus.
With how the recruiting process has changed and how some prospects are making early decisions I think it was important to give the prospects the opportunity to see campuses on the schools dime earlier in the process. It makes sense. The process has already been sped up and this rule plays into that.
BS:To me the best new rule in place is the allowing of official visits starting January 1 of a prospect's junior season. As it is currently constructed official visits are almost always for committed kids. In fact, one major college coach told me that he has had less than five uncommitted official visitors in the last 5 years. That is just stupefying that a system could be in place where a school gets that many commitments, and kids can't compare one school to another on an official visit.
With decisions being made by juniors and more and more, I think allowing an early official visit is a very good decision, and something where the NCAA used common sense.
Do you think these rules help the recruiting process?
ED: There is no doubt in my mind that these rules will help the overall recruiting process and the state of college basketball recruiting. From the college coaches and recruits that I've talked to most seem to be in favor of most, if not all of the changes to the recruiting model. At the end of the day a change needed to happen and the NCAA Leadership Council did a good job making needed changes.
I think the new rules will allow college coaches to get a better feel for players from an evaluation standpoint, but also people. More calls and texts will help them building relationships and figure out the person they are recruiting to play for their school. In all, I think the changes made were a step in the right direction for everyone involved in college basketball.
BS: At the end of the day there is no question that these rules will help the recruiting process. Gone are the days of assistant coaches with two cell phones, gone are the days of emailing a kid and using it like a text message, gone are the days of not being able to respond to a kid's text message, and gone are the days of coaches offering kids in April based off of what they read on the internet.
All of that makes it for a major net positive in terms of the rule changes. Does this make the system perfect, heck no, there is probably nothing that could make this system perfect, but at the end of the day anything that adds common sense to the process is a good thing, and these rule changes definitely bring some sense back to the recruitment of student athletes.
Overall the NCAA is trying to do the right thing, and trying to make the right changes. There will be some trial and error here, but at least for the time being it seems as though common sense has won out and the NCAA has moved out of the 18th century.