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Prime Time Basketball Recruiting Period


This is one of those “more information than you wanted to know” posts.ncaa-basketball-logo

One of the most important periods in the recruiting D-1 basketball recruiting process starts next Monday, July 6th. This is when college coaches can get off campus, and actually watch the prospects in action for the first time since last spring. It is a time to reacquaint yourself with prospects you were watching last winter, and to try to identify the new up and coming players. What makes this year even more important, is that starting this past spring the NCAA barred college coaches from scouting and attending the spring AAU events, which used to be common place. A lot of development has happened since last spring, and the coaches have been only able to hear or read about it. So you know they are chomping at the bit to get out.

Just as a little aside, the one way coaches can get around this, though, is through getting prospects on campus for camps that each D-1 school holds. Other than that the coaches have not been able to see prospects for months. Needless to say college basketball offices around the United State will be pretty empty for most of the month of July.

Well actually I believe each staff is required to have at least on coach on campus at any given time.

The evaluation periods in July are the time where coaches will evaluate players they will be signing in four months, develop their priorities, and identify their prime targets for next year. The first goal will be decide who you like and also who likes you. Additionally you need develop some type of ranking system by position and /or who may just be too good to pass up regardless of position. The next goal is to try to get in home visits with the prospects, scheduled – which have to take place during a contact period. In the fall a coach gets almost an entire month to schedule in homes visits, but in the spring you barely get a week so it is very important to get in as many in home visits in the fall as possible. The next goal of course is to try to get some of these guy’s on campus for an official visit, and then get a commit. All of this time you need to develop a personal relationship with the prospects, with-in the NCAA guide lines.

Evaluation of players is key to this whole process. If you do not identify your prospects early or even in a timely manner, you are going to find yourself behind the eight ball, and constantly trying to catch up with your competition. I would estimate that 80% or more of all D-1 recruits are identified by the end of the July evaluation period.

Here is the NCAA mens basketball recruiting calendar from now leading up to the fall signing period.

Until July 5th – Quiet period
July 6th – July 15th Evaluation period
July 16th – July 21st Dead period
July 22nd – July 31st Evaluation period
August 1 –Sept. Quiet period
Sept. 9th – Oct 5th Contact period (when home visits with will happen)
Oct 6th – Nov. 9th Evaluation period
Nov. 9th-12th Dead period
Nov.11th –Nov. 18th Fall signing period

Now the Women’s recruiting calendar is very very close to the same, but in the NCAA wisdom each date is slightly different.

Here are the official recruiting calendars from NCAA for basketball, volleyball, and football

Men’s Basketball
Women’s basketball

Football
Volleyball

Official NCAA Definition

(from the player’s perspective)

Evaluation Period
The college coach may watch you play or visit your high school, but cannot have any in-person conversations with you or your parents off the college’s campus. You and your parents can visit a college campus during this period. A coach may write and telephone you or your parents during this time.

Contact Period
During this time, a college coach may have in-person contact with you and/or your parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch you play or visit your high school. You and your parents may visit a college campus and the coach may write and telephone you during this period.

Dead Period
The college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents at any time in the dead period. The coach may write and telephone you or your parents during this time.

Quiet Period
The college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch you play or visit your high school during this period. You and your parents may visit a college campus during this time. A coach may write or telephone you or your parents during this time.

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