It is a big day for some new regulations regarding NCAA basketball and its relations with the NBA. Jeff Goodman Tweeted out most of the info:
NCAA announces it is implementing several recommendations:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 8, 2018
- Players can be repped by agents.
- Agents must be certified by an NCAA program
- Players can be eligible for NBA Draft and return to school if undrafted.
“Elite” high school basketball recruits and college players can be repped by agents. Will be interesting to see how “elite” recruit is determined. The initial proposal was that USA Basketball would determine this. https://t.co/FOKgr9ldtr— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 8, 2018
Recruiting calendar changes that have been implemented:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 8, 2018
- Add 4-day recruiting periods in April
- Coaches will be allowed to attend NBPA Top 100 Camp in June.
- Coaches allowed to attend events during last two weekends of June if approved by National High School Federations.
Also, players can now get 15 official visits, up from 5:
NCAA is also allowing high school players to take way more official visits to campus (15) and allowing players to be represented by agents certified by the NCAA.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) August 8, 2018
These changes are rather significant. the biggest is that players who go undrafted can now return to school as long as they have stayed enrolled in classes. That could be critical for Purdue’s 2019-20 team as Carsen Edwards and Matt Haarms could, in theory, stay in the draft through evaluations and return to school as long as htey stayed enrolled. Hell, Eric Hunter and even incoming walk-on Kyle King could do so.
In terms of being repped by an agent that will be determined by USA Basketball. This can be very good for Carsen this coming season. He has already participated with USA basketball in last year’s U-19 World Cup in Egypt and he is one of the top returning college players in the country. That would likely be enough for him to get an agent before the season is over this year, especially if he has a breakout season and wins some national awards like we’re expecting.
As for “elite high school recruits”, it remains to be seen. Purdue is currently at least in the running for guys like Keion Brooks and Trayce Jackson-Davis, but this rule would have allowed Caleb Swanigan to have an agent before he set foot on Purdue’s campus (even if he kind of did already because of his unique circumstances).
I don’t know how the extra visits helps Purdue, as getting someone outside of a top 5 is dicey, but if it allows us to get more kids on campus, great. As it stood earlier today we were the 6th visit for Jackson-Davis, and as a result, it was supposed to be an unofficial visit. the biggest difference between the two types of visits is that an unofficial is on the player’s dime, while an official visit can only happen once and the school covers it.