The renewed emphasis of basketball recruiting in an education- based setting is almost here as the NFHS has approved 30 Scholastic Basketball Evaluation Events involving 41 NFHS-member state associations during the last two weekends in June.
We are excited about the response by our membership to the NCAA’s effort to change the culture and climate in college basketball. Nineteen different states will be hosting events during the June 21-23 and June 28-30 weekends, with several states hosting events during each weekend. During these two weekends, Division I college coaches will be able to evaluate high school student-athletes in an education-based setting with no involvement of third-party agents.
State associations hosting events on both weekends include the Illinois High School Association, the Georgia High School Association, the Indiana High School Athletic Association, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association and the District of Columbia State Athletic Association. The approved events are evenly divided between individual showcases and team camps.
During the first evaluation weekend (June 21-23), NFHS-member state associations in Alabama, Delaware, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee will be hosting evaluations within their respective states. Associations in several other states will be hosting multi-state events, including Minnesota, Arizona, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Missouri.
Six states will be hosting single-state events during the June 28-30 weekend, including Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee, and five associations will be hosting multi-state events, including Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Other states invited to team events that are not hosting an event include North Dakota, South Dakota, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Texas, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Idaho and Florida.
These events are an important effort to bring college coaches back into the fold, especially with regard to the relationship of high school student-athletes and those involved at the collegiate level. The events offer the opportunity for the high school coach and program to play an important role in a student-athlete’s transition from high school to college.
As you will recall from our report last fall, the NFHS, along with the assistance of the National High School Basketball Coaches Association, developed the criteria for the June evaluation events. In an effort to restrict the outside influences in the recruitment of high school basketball players, no third-party sponsors or operators were permitted to organize and implement the events.
All events are being organized by the state high school association, state basketball coaches associations or state coaches associations approved by the state high school association. In addition, the events have to be held on an education-based campus and meet the NCAA definition of scholastic – interscholastic or non-NCAA Division I facility.
We appreciate the response from our state high school associations in making these education-based events happen. We would also encourage Division I college coaches and the general public to attend these events. A listing of all NFHS approved events is available here.
Although the participants involved in these evaluation events must be from an NFHS-member state association school, and team events have to include only member state association schools, the NCAA is providing opportunities for student-athletes from non-member high schools to be involved in evaluation events.
In an earlier announcement, the NCAA said it would certify scholastic boys basketball events in June for high schools that are not members of NFHS-member state associations.
This was a significant gesture on the part of the NCAA and is confirmation of its commitment to the entire process of changing the culture and climate in college basketball. The NCAA is in support of our criteria but is also providing an opportunity for other student- athletes so that every high school student has an avenue to participate in summer evaluation events in an education-based setting.
When you consider that it has been less than two years since the announcement of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball, we believe we are headed in a much better direction. Thanks to the Rice Commission and its mandate to minimize outside influences on high school student-athletes, and the support of our member state associations in developing these education-based evaluation events, the sport of basketball has brighter days ahead.