NCAA approves basketball rules changes: agents allowed, undrafted players can return

The NCAA announced a series of policy changes regarding their rules for student athletes on Wednesday following the ongoing FBI Investigation into several prominent college basketball programs.

In the past, if a college basketball player declared for the draft, they had until 10 days after the draft combine to return to school.

Regarding the NBA Draft, college players who have requested an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, go through the draft but are not taken can return to school as long as they notify the school's athletic director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

Agents can pay for meals and transportation for players and their families if the expenses are related to the agent selection process. High school prospects can be represented by an agent starting July 1, prior to their senior year, if they're classified as "elite" by USA Basketball.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interest of student-athletes over every other factor", NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA. Coaches will be able to attend an NBA Players Association top 100 camp in June.

Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year. "I don't think it addresses any of the issues in college basketball".

Additionally, the NCAA will require more transparency about the financial relationships between apparel companies and their clients, including universities, amateur teams and events the companies sponsor. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm those details, which could apply to the current corruption case with federal investigators having access to information through subpoenas and wiretaps - tools the NCAA doesn't possess. "I think the changes we've adopted. will have a positive impact on college basketball and more importantly perhaps on the student-athletes that compete in collegiate basketball".

The changes also include requiring school presidents and athletics staff to commit "contractually" to cooperate fully with investigations, stiffer penalties for violations and regulation of the summer recruiting circuit.

  • Angelo Rivera