Coaches flock to FIBA U17 World Championships

ZARAGOZA, Spain -- College coaches are taking advantage of a new ruling allowing them to evaluate outside of the normal summer evaluation periods.

In late April the NCAA adopted a new rule that allows college coaches to evaluate FIBA U17 World Championships.

The event tipped off Thursday afternoon and plenty of high major coaches have taken advantage of it. During the second game of the day between Australia and Canada, Scout spotted up to 23 coaches.

Majority of the 16-team field has high-level potential college prospects. Among the top prospects in the event are Wendell Carter, Kevin Knox, R.J. Barrett, Simi Shittu and Jaylen Hoard. 

Purdue's Matt Painter and TCU's Jamie Dixon have been spotted at the World Championships. Kentucky's John Calipari is expected at the event later in the week. 

Among the schools that have assistant coaches at the event or are expected to be at the event before it concludes are Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Boise State, California, Colorado, Denver, Drexel, Duke, FGCU, Florida, Harvard, Indiana, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi, NC State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. John’s, St. Mary's, Stanford, Texas, Utah, UCLA, UCF, UMass, USC and Villanova.

The event runs through July 3rd. 

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