Earlier in the week, Matt spent some time talking about 2012 power forward Alex Poythress, who has quickly become a major target for Kentucky. It appears that the Cats aren’t the only ones amping up their push either as Jeff Borzello of Blood reported that Duke coach Mike Kzrzyewski called Poytrhess Tuesday night to offer a scholarship. The problem? That might be a violation.
According a riveting Twitter conversation between Dan Wolken Mike DeCourcy and other brilliant basketball minds, there’s some question as to whether a coach can contact a player while he’s at one of these evaluation events. This excerpt via the Bylaw Blog guy seemed to lend a further clarity. It essentially says that coaches cannot contact prospects while they’re at these travel events until their team has been eliminated.
Here is the citation:
The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that after a prospect reports on call to travel with his team at the beginning of an extended road trip that occurs during the July evaluation period, it is not permissible for an institution’s coaching staff member to have any type of communication with the prospect, the prospect’s parents or legal guardians, the prospect’s coach or any individual associated with the prospect as a result of the prospect’s participation in basketball [except for telephone contact with a prospect's high-school coach (or administraton) who is not in attendance at the prospect's events] until the prospect is released by the appropriate authorities after the completion of the team’s final competition of the road trip.
Poythress’ team played their final game at 7pm Tuesday night. If he got the offer after, then I guess it’s no harm. But if it came before, it might be a violation.