03/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NCAA Basketball Recruiting In Middle School Now Allowed: New Rule

A warning to expectant mothers: Don't be surprised if college basketball coaches start asking for copies of your ultrasound films. Recruiting is getting that crazy.

OK, maybe not that crazy, but the NCAA Legislative Council has lowered the grade-level age of ''recruitable'' boys' basketball prospects from ninth to seventh. The intent of the new rule, put into place last week, is to prevent overzealous college coaches from overstepping bounds and getting a leg up in the recruiting process as they solicit middle school students.

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