Is this crazy or what? The NCAA voted Thursday to change the definition of a prospect from the ninth grade to the seventh grade — for men's basketball only — to nip a trend in which some college coaches were working at private, elite camps and clinics for seventh- and eighth-graders.
The NCAA couldn't regulate those camps because those youngsters fell below the current cutoff.
"It's a little scary only because — we talked about this — where does it stop?" said Joe D'Antonio, chairman of the 31-member Division I Legislative Council, which approved the change during a two-day meeting at the NCAA Convention. "The fact that we've got to this point is really just a sign of the times."
Officials say that while men's basketball is the only sport affected by the ruling, discussions on lowering the limit for other sports — notably football — could be next.