(6-22-18) According to NBC Sports  a National Association of Basketball Coaches Ad Hoc committee is expected to recommend to the Commission on College Basketball, that is being  chaired by Condoleeza Rice, wants to make some pretty big changes to the summer live period that will include barring coaches from attending AAU tournaments and shoe company sponsored events in July.

Joint Statement on Commission on College Basketball

“This is about more than basketball. This is about the culture and future of college sports. We all will work together to get it right.”

Ad Hoc to recommend:

  • the NCAA fund four regional camps that coaches are allowed to attend
  • camps will be staggered to allow staffs to attend each of them
  • coaching staffs will be able to nominate as many as 35 players be allowed to attend
  • NCAA would fund an elite camp where the best players from the regional camps attend
  • G League coaches and possibly NBA players would be teaching and coaching players at these camps
  • April live period would  remain in place
  • coaches will be allowed to attend practices and open gyms at high schools in May and June.
  • Allowing high school coaches to be more involved in the recruitment process

High school state associations and high school basketball coaches over the years have not been big supporters of the AAU programs.  AAU popularity has been very successful for many years during the summer in many different ways and players are able to do many things they can’t do in a high school program, like playing on the team of their choice.  The AAU has found some financial success that may be the real reason behind the efforts being made by the committee.

So now the plan is to give the power of the summer recruiting to the NCAA and G-League (minor league of the NBA). Many are already starting to question if this is a good thing. The G-League next season will have at least one Ohio player skipping college and starting a pro career straight out of high school. Then you have the NCAA, who is presently involved in the midst of the recruiting scandal being investigated by the FBI, running the summer recruiting of high school players.

Why as part of this big plan is there no mention of any high school  state associations being involved in this process and give input. They also excluded LaVar Ball from any input he might have.

This would lead many to believe there is some very profitable financial benefits to  this plan that the NCAA and NBA don’t want to lose out on.

NAIA and NJCAA coaches will not be bound by the same guidelines.

Can the AAU survive these efforts to eliminate their power or will they be eliminated. 

NABC Ad Hoc Committee on Men’s College Basketball Roster

  • Jim Haney, NABC Executive Director (Co-Chair)
  • Mike Slive, Former SEC Commissioner (Co-Chair)
  • Mike Brey, Notre Dame
  • John Calipari, Kentucky
  • Johnny Dawkins, Central Florida
  • Mark Few, Gonzaga
  • Bob Huggins, West Virginia
  • Ron Hunter, Georgia State
  • Tom Izzo, Michigan State
  • Sydney Johnson, Fairfield
  • Greg Kampe, Oakland
  • Ernie Kent, Washington State
  • Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s
  • Marvin Menzies, UNLV
  • Dan Muller, Illinois State
  • Willis Wilson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
  • Jay Wright, Villanova

Consultants

  • David Berst, Former NCAA Vice President of Division I
  • Dennis Coleman, Ropes and Gray LLP
  • Steve Mallonee, NCAA Director of Academic and Membership Affairs
  • Reggie Minton, NABC Deputy Executive Director

Commission on College Basketball

Dr. Condoleezza Rice (chair)
Former Provost, Stanford University
66th U.S. Secretary of State

Mary Sue Coleman
President
Association of American Universities

General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired
Chairman
USA Basketball

Mark Emmert (ex officio)
President
National Collegiate Athletic Association

Jeremy Foley
Athletics Director Emeritus
University of Florida Athletic Association

Jeffrey A. Hathaway
Vice President/Director of Athletics
Hofstra University

Grant Hill
Owner/Vice Chairman
Atlanta Hawks

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
President
University of Notre Dame

Mike Montgomery
Retired Basketball Coach
Analyst, Pac-12 Networks and Westwood One Sports

G.P. “Bud” Peterson (ex officio)
President, Georgia Institute of Technology
Chair, NCAA Board of Governors

David Robinson
Founder
Admiral Capital Group

Kathryn Ruemmler
Former White House Counsel
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Gene Smith
Sr. Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
Ohio State University

John Thompson III
Board of Directors
National Association of Basketball Coaches

 

 

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