Beginning Friday, June 15, 2012, NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches will be able to call
or text message recruits who have completed the sophomore year of high school. This is part of the new men’s basketball recruiting model that emphasizes relationship-building between college coaches and high school prospects. It is hoped that with increased direct communications, the influence of third parties will be diminished in the recruiting process.
telephone calls and text messages are now allowed, only private messages will be allowed on social media platforms. This is because it is still a violation of NCAA rules to publicize recruiting efforts regarding individual prospects.
The only exception to this legislation is when prospects have reported on call for competition or activities related to competition. Once the prospect has been released from the competition, the telephone calls and texts may begin.
While the college coach may call the parents or guardians of the prospects while the prospect is competing, calls to high school or youth basketball coaches during competition is still prohibited.
Additional Changes to NCAA Men’s Basketball Recruiting Rules
Official Visits – High school prospects may begin making official visits to NCAA colleges and universities beginning January 1 of the junior year. Universities will now be able to pay for the expenses of two parents/guardians to travel with the prospect on the official visit.
Summer athletic activities – High school prospects who have been certified as non-qualifiers for the 2012-13 academic year may participate in summer athletic activities prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, provided they are enrolled in summer school classes and classes are in session.