During the past few months, the NCAA has been attempting to clarify Bylaw 126.96.36.199 as it applies to the sport of men’s basketball. We’ve heard that many institutions had a specific understanding of the legislation that did not necessarily align with the national office’s approach; namely, if a prospect had recruiting opportunities remaining with an institution, the institution could make an in-person contact with the prospect during the summer after his/her HS graduation before taking a buffer year at a prep school or elsewhere. Such understanding of the legislation seemed reasonable and was widely shared across the country. However, as of today, there is a new standard applicable to these scenarios. Specifically, coaches cannot make contact with these prospects during the period after HS graduation until October 15; thereafter, coaches will have an opportunity to make three contacts with these prospect’s.
Post-High School Contacts in Men’s Basketball (I)
February 08, 2017
The committee determined that in men’s basketball, post-high school contact with a prospective student-athlete may not occur until October 15 following the prospective student-athlete’s completion of high school, even if the institution did not use all of its recruiting opportunities for the prospective student-athlete in the previous year.