BANGOR –Mid-April is typically when the college basketball recruiting circus sets up its tent, but the suspension of in-person visits has made signing the next class of Black Bears difficult for head coach Richard Barron.
The NCAA announced in late March that it extended its recruiting dead period through May 31; meaning coaches and athletic staff are only allowed to contact potential student athletes by phone and video calls, text messages, and written correspondences.
High school athletes are still signing National Letters of Intent for next season in spite of the dead period, and Barron says he’s making the most of it without being able to speak with players in person.
“Often it’s that in person visit that does it. You really like somebody you feel a connection with a kid, a player who really enjoys his visit to campus. Those are the steps we’re having to replace and I don’t know how full of an experience you can get with a virtual tour or zoom meeting so that’s the challenge,” said Barron.