Monday, April 22, 2013
New NCAA rules: Players perspective
By ESPN.com staff
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Over the weekend, a 6-10 sophomore named Diamond Stone dominated his peers in a gym near Minneapolis.
The big man, ranked second in the 2015 class by ESPN RecruitingNation, belied his bulk as he floated around the court and impressed notable college coaches at the NY2LA tournament in the year's first evaluation period.
Bo Ryan, John Thompson III and assistants from a variety of powerhouses could only watch, though. It's against the rules to initiate contact with Stone right now.
But the Wisconsin prep star knows a barrage is coming.
"Pretty much, I'm just relaxing," Stone said. "I realize I have to work hard every time I go to the gym. Coaches are going to come after me. And I just have to stay focused through that. Stay humble."
Rules implemented last summer will allow college coaches to -- without limitation -- text, tweet and call Stone and other players who've completed their sophomore years. Unlimited contact via phone, text messaging and social media (private messages) was enacted by the NCAA in July, and the switch has already affected the recruiting landscape for both players and coaches.
Past stars were wooed by colleges through handwritten letters and in-home visits. Today, a direct message via Twitter could be equally meaningful for some kids because their phones and social media connections are so vital in their daily lives.