Proposal for new July recruiting calendar updated after pushback

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The offseason college basketball recruiting calendar will be undergoing a drastic overhaul, although the official proposal has been altered slightly after leaks were roundly lambasted by everyone from the media to event organizers to the college coaches that are, themselves, responsible for the proposal.

In June, NBC Sports reported that college coaches will no longer be allowed to attend grassroots tournaments during the month of July, instead limited to a six-day national camp coordinated by the NCAA in conjunction with USA Basketball, the NBA and the NBA Players Association. According to CBS Sports, who detailed what the updated proposal looks like on Tuesday, that camp will still exist but there will be one live period for “non-scholastic” events — read that as shoe company-affiliated AAU tournaments — that will be the weekend that Peach Jam, the finals of Nike’s EYBL circuit, currently exists.

June will also look different, as those coaches will be able to travel for two weekends — Friday through Sunday — during the month at “scholastic-oriented” events. This essentially means that high school teams will be able to attend team camps — which currently exist — and that college coaches will now be allowed in attendance for those events. This travel will replace the on-the-road days that are lost in July.

There are also some changes to April, although that is simply the addition of in-home visits in the week after April’s live weekends.

These changes are expected, as they always have been, to pass on August 8th and be implemented for the 2019 recruiting cycle. The timeline was sped up as the result of the FBI’s investigation into college basketball and the subsequent changes that were determined to be needed.