By Matt Norlander
If you have even a remote care or interest in how recruiting works, AAU basketball, NCAA regulations or anything to do with the month of July, you must listen to today's podcast.
There is no more consistent and wise voice on the NCAA's doings -- right or wrong -- than John Infante, he the author of the invaluable Bylaw Blog. If you aren't already, follow him on Twitter.
Who better to discuss the ups and downs, highs and low, good and bad of July recruiting?
Infante and I dive right into what's wrong with the AAU infrastructure. Could the NBA provide an alternative within the next decade, something to compete in the spring and summer with AAU? And what current recruiting rules need to be eliminated immediately, within the next year? We also get into how it's really apples and oranges with college basketball and college football.
I then pose the question: Which sport's recruiting situation is in more disarray?
Infante's answer is pretty bleak.
If you come to this blog with any sort of regularity, it means you like and care about the sport. You most likely have a favorite team. That team is affected greatly by how it's allowed to recruit. Get a better sense of what is and isn't working, and what could change in the next year, two or five by listening.
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