FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama began its girls’ basketball summer camp this morning. Flowers Hall hosted athletes ranging from the varsity, junior varsity and middle school levels, with some traveling from Tennessee and Mississippi.
UNA Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Missy Tiber, noted that these camps can be great for recruitment.
“I’ll tell you what, we may be able to pull more kids right now, especially the high school kids,” Coach Tiber explained. “Because, also, the new situation with the waiver; the blanket waiver across the board, the transfer portal. Some of these high school kids that are even here playing today, are getting lost in the shuffle. We may be able to touch some kids that maybe we haven’t been able to touch in the past. Because maybe some of the bigger schools are going to recruit out of the portal only and we’re going to shoot for some of these younger kids and maybe we can get them.”
The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the recruiting landscape, with coaches having to exclusively conduct recruiting virtually last summer. Coach Tiber says this new form of recruiting may be here to stay.
“It's just been a completely different scenario,” Coach Tiber said. “The NCAA is going to change some rules as far as coaches going off-campus and making home visits. It's all new stuff now. So, now we'll do home visits virtually instead of being able to visit student athletes' homes. Every time there's a major situation happening, it seems that new rules are to follow and the COVID pandemic has been no different.”
This girls’ basketball summer camp runs through Thursday, June 10.
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