CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WCIA) — Some changes are coming to the NCAA basketball recruiting system. The NCAA announced the changes last week, and they include things from coming back to college after declaring for the NBA draft to more official visits.
Also new, some high school seniors will be able to sign with agents before they graduate. As well as changing the recruiting calendar, taking contact days away from July and adding them to April.
“I think there is so many great things that come out of summer basketball. I think the one thing that we cant do is lump everybody into one group and say this is the way it is,” Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. “AAU basketball started years ago because it was to help cost-effective measure for low to mid-major schools to be able to go to a venue and see multiple kids and I don’t think we should lose sight of that.”
Across campus, the Illinois football team is building the foundation with two full recruiting classes now on campus. Nowhere is it more relevant than on defense where there is only one senior. Meaning almost the entire unit is Lovie Smith recruits.
“It feels good. We know these players too, and that’s the thing, even when you first get here the first year we hadn’t gone through a cycle. Now, recruiting starts so much earlier, so you know these players, each year we know them a little better and spent more time getting to know them,” Smith explained. “So we’re pumped up, again what’s good for us as a staff too coming together for the first time is what we thought in most cases has been the case.”
The Illini are back in camp on Monday morning.