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NCAA prohibits coaches from visiting programs deemed to be ‘non-scholastic’

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With college coaches in the portion of their recruiting calendar where they’re allowed to visit high schools throughout the country, this is an important time for many young players across the country. Those open gym sessions can be a game-changer of sorts, as a player who performs well could land himself a scholarship offer that otherwise would not have been available.

However those opportunities aren’t available to all, especially if the school in question has been deemed to be “non-scholastic” by the NCAA. According to Yahoo! Sports the NCAA sent a list to Division I programs across the country listing programs that have been given that label, with two such institutions being Huntington Prep (W. Va.) and Findlay Prep (Nev.).

The “non-scholastic” designation means that college coaches are prohibited from visiting those schools, and that can be an issue for some when considering the amount of talent that programs such as Huntington and Findlay Prep currently possess.

Highlighted in the NCAA directive was the following fromJamie Israel in its department of academic and membership affairs:

“A team that is affiliated with a scholastic institution, but not subject to the rules and regulations of a scholastic governing body would be considered a non-scholastic team for purposes of applying the evaluation legislation set forth in Bylaw … At this time, the AMA staff has been presented fact situations involving two teams, Findlay Prep and Huntington Prep, and has determined that based on the facts presented and the above mentioned legislation and interpretation, both of those teams would be considered non-scholastic teams …”

The hope is that this situation is remedied in short order, with the end result being that coaches will be able to visit these schools. And with highly regarded uncommitted players such as JaQuan Lyle (Huntington Prep), Kelly Oubre and Rashad Vaughn (both are at Findlay Prep) at these institutions it’s easy to figure out why college coaches would want this situation to be addressed quickly.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.