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Post The NCAA would like to have a word about your 12-year-old

Friday January 16, 2009

The NCAA has ruled that seventh graders are now considered prospects for the purposes of college basketball recruiting.

The organization voted Thursday to change the definition of a prospect from ninth grade to seventh grade ā€” for men’s basketball only ā€” 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.

What’s scary about the question “where does it stop” asked by the NCAA’s Joe D’Antonio isn’t the question itself. What’s scary is that he couldn’t give an answer. According to D’Antonio, the new age limit might be considered for other sports down the road, including football. Just to be safe, you might want to hold off on sending a baby gift to Candace Parker and Shelden Williams.

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