The month of July has already begun and the live period is only expected to heat up as temperatures across the nation do the same.
On Thursday, an unforeseen punishment was delivered from the NCAA, directed at four prominent AAU programs.
The NCAA banned the Florida Rams, NE Playaz, Worldwide Renegades, and SEBL All-Stars from play this summer due to their ties to sports agent Andy Miller.
Miller sent the following e-mail to the four aforementioned program directors, as obtained by the NCAA enforcement staff:
“I get tired of being the 1 guy that has to get the 1st rd [sic] picks every year. I’d be happy to help you get guys + lend support. You have to want it + have to hustle. To create situations to manifest chaos + plow down walls to open up new opp’s [sic],” the email stated. “We’re facing a summer with no revenue. Yet, everyone will expect their checks, expenses reimburse [sic], etc. I try to give a consistent [sic] platform in order [sic] to facilitate production. Am I getting the level of production in return that I want or expect?…You decided to be apart [sic] of it on some level…Do more than just give it thought, act on it.”
There was no punishments given to any of the participating players on any of the four squads, a good sign considering some of the talent that each program offers.
All players will be allowed to participate in certified events moving forward, however they must do so with a different travel team.
Florida Rams’ forward Chris Walker, one of the top prospects in the class of 2013 nationally, told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv, “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
According to NCAA rule, non-scholastic basketball teams that are associated with agents are prohibited from competing in NCAA certified summer basketball events.
Along with Walker, the three other big-name recruits affected by the NCAA’s decision include Kasey Hill (undecided, 2013) and Brannen Greene (Kansas, 2013).
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