North Carolina recruiting: Changes coming to July recruiting period
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We’ve known since the FBI arrested several coaching assistants and shoe company executives that changes were coming to college basketball, but now we may have an idea of what those might look like.
According to basketball insider Jeff Goodman, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Ad Hoc Committee, formed last year to address the problems pervading college basketball, will make several suggestions to change the recruiting process later this year.
Among the biggest changes, the NABC is recommending the NCAA ends the practice of allowing college coaches to attend AAU events in July, replacing that with four regional camps, which would be staggered to allow every coach to attend every camp.
This idea is intended to reduce the influence of the AAU circuit and shoe companies on the recruiting process. These regional camps would be run by G League coaches and maybe even NBA players.
This would not, however, affect the April recruiting period, which is expected to remain intact despite the push to have less AAU influence in the system.
One other way the NABC hopes to accomplish that is by allowing coaches to attend open gyms and practices at high schools in May and June, which has traditionally been a quiet period.
This proposal is expected to move quickly, according to NBC Sports. Division I men’s basketball oversight committee chairman Dan Guerrero, the athletic director at UCLA, is expected to write a proposal and submit it to the Commission on College Basketball, headed by Condoleezza Rice, in August.
Thus, rule changes could be implemented as soon as next year.
Tar Heels add commitment from safety Brendan Harrington
Larry Fedora probably hopes that June never ends.
An already strong month got even stronger when 3-star Pittsboro, N.C., safety Brendan Harrington committed to the Tar Heels on Friday night.
— Brendan Harrington (@SirHarrington18) June 22, 2018
Harrington is the 11th prospect in the Class of 2019 for the Tar Heels and the seventh to commit this month.
Harrington ranks as the No. 108 safety in the senior class.
North Carolina now has a bevy of defensive backs in its 2019 class, including safeties Giovanni Biggers and Coleman Reich and corners Kenan Johnson and Storm Duck. Some have speculated that Harrington, already at 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, could end up moving to linebacker, where the Tar Heels have just one commitment in 3-star outside linebacker Allen Smith.
Harrington chose the Tar Heels over offers from Appalachian State, Army and Syracuse. He initially attended the Freak Show camp earlier this month, which helped earn his commitment.
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