A group of high school sophomore and junior basketball players along with parents and coaches met at the Airport Hilton on Friday to receive instruction from college coaches and administrators about subjects ranging from steroids to recruiting violations
The Utah High School Basketball Coaches Association held a recruiting seminar with the hope of educating potential collegiate student-athletes before the recruiting wars begin.Head basketball coaches Kohn Smith of Utah State, Denny Huston of Weber State and Utah Valley Community College Coach Duke Reid sat on a panel moderated by UHSBCA President Ron Carling discussing the changes that have taken place in college recruiting the last few years.
Huston, who completed his first year coaching the Wildcats last season, voiced his displeasure about the amount of official visits the NCAA allows a recruit to make to various colleges.
"I think it's ridiculous to allow five visits. If you ask good questions and learn about the school and team when the coach is visiting you, you can narrow your list of schools down in the fall," Huston said. "If you've done your homework about where you want to go, it's much easier to decide than just go and visit five schools. When you finally decide where you want to go, it can become very, very difficult to tell four coaches you're not coming."
Smith concurred saying he doesn't want a recruit going to Logan just for a free trip. "There are a lot of costs to bringing players in," Smith said. "And we certainly don't want him coming out for a visit just to not hurt our feelings."
A presentation concerning the dangers of steroids, drugs and alcohol was given by the University of Utah's PEAK Academy. Other speakers at the day-long forum included BYU Coach Roger Reid, Mountain View High School Coach Joel Gardner, University of Utah President Chase Peterson and Nancy Trevino, director of athletic admissions at the University of Utah.