Coaches to lose one recruiting weekend in the spring of 2014

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The spring recruiting period will look a bit different than usual in 2014.

Thanks to some complicated scheduling quirks, the NCAA has announced that there will only be one weekend in April — the 25th-27th — that will be a live period instead of two. That means that the time that coaches will be allowed to be on the road recruiting at NCAA certified events will be cut in half.

Originally, the weekend of May 16th-18th was supposed to be the second evaluation weekend in the spring, but coaches weren’t a fan of that decision.

The reason? According to John Infante, it’s as simple as the month being too busy:

May is [a] busy month for basketball coaches, with graduations, conference meetings, institutional outreach to alumni and other activities that require their participation. Because of the numerous commitments coaches have in May and a desire to avoid conflicts with Mother’s Day, it is best to limit evaluations at nonscholastic events to one weekend in April, if necessary, rather than to allow evaluations to occur during a weekend in May.

A second weekend in April wasn’t available this year due to some scheduling conflicts. Per NCAA rules, the evaluation weekends have to be after the start of the spring signing period and cannot conflict with SAT, PSAT or ACT testing and must not be on Easter weekend. That wasn’t the case this year.

This will makes things tough on some coaches. Generally speaking, the April period is used as a time to track the development of players they are tracking. Who improved? Who hit a growth spurt? Who is out of shape? What sleepers haven’t been identified yet?

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.