April 30, 2012

New NCAA rules impact the recruiting trail

This April, for the first time since 2008 the NCAA rules governing the spring evaluation changed to once again allow college coaches to attend sanctioned AAU events. As a result, the past two weekends have been a hectic time for the Tennessee staff and the rest of the college basketball world.

Prior to the rule change, July was the only time of the year when coaches could evaluate prospects outside of of high school competition or in 'open-gym' settings on their high school campuses.

The change is mostly a welcome one in the recruiting world for several reasons. For starters, it makes July a little less of an 'all or nothing' endeavor from an evaluation standpoint. The extra two weekends in April--which were stocked with an abundance of well-attended events--gives coaches a great chance to speed up the evaluation process. And perhaps most importantly from Cuonzo Martin's perspective, the shift should allow for smarter recruiting decisions from both prospects and college coaches.

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