A new NCAA rule that will allow unlimited phone calls and texts to recruits who have finished their sophomore year in high school begins today. The old rule allowed just one call a month and no texts.
“I think it’s good,” KU coach Bill Self said Thursday on the Big 12 summer coaches teleconference. “Anytime you can put yourself in a situation where there’s more communication, where you get a chance to know families and recruits better ... that is nothing but positive. It should help a ton in the long run over the course of a recruitment of any player. I think it’s going to be more work for coaches, but I think the good far outweighs the bad.”
Coaches this summer are allowed to work two hours a week with their players in a group practice setting.
“I think it will be beneficial from not just a playing standpoint but academic standpoint,” he said. “You get to have a chance to have more contact with your guys. Whenever you have more contact, kids do better in school. It’s a proven fact. Why do kids do better first semester than second? When the season is over, there’s not as much contact.”
KU will be allowed to hold 10 practices in July leading up to the foreign trip to Switzerland and Paris. Self said he’s looking forward to the practice time more than the games against pro teams in Europe.
“We can get a feel for some things our guys can do in our schemes and maybe adjust some things,” Self said. “I think it’ll be beneficial for us and hopefully give us an opportunity to be better early in the season because we will have four seniors and after that basically one sophomore and the rest freshmen. It’s kind of a weird dynamic. The extra practices can help us quite a bit.”
Schedule update: Kansas University’s basketball team will play Richmond on Dec. 18 in Allen Fieldhouse and Oregon State on Nov. 30 in Kansas City’s Sprint Center, KU schedule-maker Larry Keating said Thursday. The Jayhawks will play Temple and Colorado at home to begin a home-and-home series. Also, KU will travel to Ohio State and play Michigan State in Atlanta. The entire nonconference schedule should be announced in the near future.
No news on Adams, Doyle: Self was asked if Seattle Rainier Beach High combo guard Anrio Adams would be joining the team soon. “Nothing’s been official yet. He is finishing up schoolwork, so without saying too much, I’ll just leave it at that. Obviously he has to finish a couple things before anything can really happen,” Self said.
Adams and Milton Doyle, a guard from Chicago, are expected to receive KU scholarships only if they qualify academically through the NCAA Clearinghouse.