Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NCAA live recruiting periods, open gyms unlikely in September
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The NCAA has already extended the recruiting dead period through Aug. 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now it looks unlikely that there will be live periods in September, either.
The NCAA Division I Council is due to vote on July 15 about the September dates, one source said.
“It doesn’t look good,” the source said.
TCU coach Jamie Dixon, president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, also isn’t optimistic about either live recruiting periods this fall or open gyms or fall leagues, which are not live periods.
Dixon has long been an advocate of allowing college coaches to attend fall and spring leagues to evaluate high school players — just not during a pandemic.
“Health and safety are first and foremost,” Dixon said Wednesday by phone. “We want the kids, especially the Class of ’21, the opportunity to be seen by college coaches. They have worked their whole lives for this chance to play in college, but we can’t and will not put players, families and coaches at risk.
“Regarding high school fall and spring leagues, we want event operators to be included in fall and spring leagues if they are interested and needed. The event operators have the knowledge time and experience to organize these leagues.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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