7th graders considered basketball prospects

Andrew Cummins

The NCAA is holding its annual convention in D.C. and one novel item jumped off the page at me more than others:

The association now classifies 7th graders as prospects. 

The Division I Legislative Council approved the proposal Wednesday during an emergency legislative session.    

The purpose of the rule is to "prevent men’s basketball coaches from being employed in nonscholastic elite camps conducted for seventh-and eighth-graders and to prevent institutions from conducting camps for that age group," the news release said. 

The NCAA thought that the problem was getting out of control, hence the emergency vote, so it will be interesting to see if it goes for similar legislation in other sports that hold a lot of camps – such as football.