The new college basketball recruiting calendar is ruffling quite a few feathers as the NCAA has made sweeping changes to the months events are held.
June, in particular, is gathering a lot of heat for the implementation of NFHS guidelines — which restrict many private and prep schools from participating in the live period during that month.
New York has taken a dynamic step by announcing that they won’t host or operate any Division I recruiting events during June. According to a report from Adam Zagoria, the BCANY and the NYSPHSAA have banded together to not have any events. Since the NFHS guidelines would have prohibited New York City public, catholic and independent schools, the state has taken a stand.
While the new June recruiting rules were meant to give more control to high school programs and their coaches, the intent of the event has seemingly backfired under a tremendous amount of criticism. Some states have the natural June calendar for summer high school events that fall within NFHS guidelines, while other states don’t have anything naturally on that calendar for high school basketball during June.
Since the guidelines also limit the number of private and prep school players (which includes some of the national powerhouse programs you’ve heard of that are also credible schools with good academic programs), it’s hurting a number of potential Division I players who could be seen by college coaches during the month.
Now that New York has taken a public stand, we’ll have to see if any other states respond and how the NCAA, NFHS or the Rice Commission maybe alters any plans for the June recruiting calendar.