The new NCAA standards has the college basketball world talking. But do you know what all of the conversation is about? ESPN.com Dana O’Neill knocked the story out of the park. Please take the time to read this and educate yourself on the new academic requirements.
From the article:
The NCAA’s new eligibility standards for prospective student-athletes go into effect for the 2016 class but begin applying to this fall’s high school freshmen. To be eligible for a scholarship and compete at a Division I institution, a high school student must have done the following:
16: Number of core courses required for NCAA eligibility
10: Number of core courses that must be completed by the beginning of a high school athlete’s senior year
7: Number of 10 initial core courses that must be in English, math or science
2.3: Minimum GPA in those 16 core courses (up from 2.0)
2.5: Minimum GPA for junior college transfer
More from O’Neill:
The NCAA is demanding that high school students follow a typical pattern, in which learning is built on prerequisites.
“The real shift is to academic preparation instead of just getting eligible,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs. “This is a philosophical difference than what’s out there. There’s this attitude now that I’ll just do all these things late in my career just to get over the eligibility mark. Well, you’re still not prepared. This is a focus that says you have to be prepared.”
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