USA Basketball, NBA 'blindsided' by new NCAA agent rule

NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school | SI.com

"We remain committed to promoting fairness in college sports and creating an environment that will champion the success of student-athletes".

College players who declare early for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected will have the option of returning to school, provided the National Basketball Association makes an expected rule change about draft eligibility, according to the NCAA.

The changes are "in general aimed at eliminating some of the corrosive influences that we've seen in college basketball that the federal investigation highlighted", NCAA President Mark Emmert said during a conference call Wednesday.

"Today was obviously a very important day for the NCAA and especially for men's basketball, and".




Considering all the off the court drama that has occurred in the college hoops landscape over the past two years, these new rules do seem like steps in the right direction.

"It's important to be mindful that we won't reach perfection; however, we can't let that stand in the way of significant progress", Atlantic Coast Conference John Swofford said in a statement. Among them: The players most in need of representation and having to go back to school would be ones who weren't selected for the combine, and in some situations, players seeking to return to school will find their scholarship slots filled by someone else. This rule is subject to revisions to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act and other state laws. And because pro teams previously could cover some of those expenses, the monetary benefit could be minimal. One of those reported criteria is that the player was invited to and participated in the NBA Combine. For instance, student-athletes can make up to five official visits during their junior year of high school and another five visits during their senior year. College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects. The NBA will be immersed in scouting the high school ranks once those players have an earlier target date for entering the draft, and if the NCAA wants to allow a select number of high school players to sign with agents, the belief is that NBA front offices would be most informed to cull a list.

"There's a lot of stuff that needs to be worked out", Calipari added. That was one of the recommendations from the Rice Commission appointed in the wake of an FBI investigation into corruption within college basketball. Events for high schoolers, which are sometimes sponsored by apparel companies, now will need to meet stricter certification requirements related to financial transparency.

University presidents and chancellors must contractually agree to cooperate with investigations and infractions process.

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