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No Summer Tournaments Means More Recruits Committing to Colleges

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In April, Jay Wright, the men’s basketball coach at Villanova, worried the coronavirus pandemic would hurt his ability to recruit players from next year’s high school class.

Because coaches could not watch players in person or have them visit their campuses that month, Wright was not sure how he and his staff would be able to properly evaluate the athletes.

“If it affects us and hurts us a little bit, so what?” Wright said in April. “Suck it up. There’s a lot more important things going on in our world right now.”

Three months later, his fears seem almost quaint.