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NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

This is a huge progressive change, which is paving the way for the removal of the one-and-done era, as previously speculated during the last few meetings between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, with inclusion of the NCAA governing body.

Particularly, the NCAA has made some changes to how it will handle the NBA Draft process on its end.

Pending a decision by the NBA and its players' union, high school players can be represented by an agent beginning July 1 before their senior year, if the player has been identified as an elite senior prospect by USA Basketball. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's.

However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA.

Players will be eligible to hire an agent after "any basketball season", so long as they request an evaluation from the NBA undergraduate advisory committee, according to Charania.




Players invited to the annual NBA Draft Combine would also be able to enter the draft and return to school with eligibility intact if they go undrafted.

After an FBI investigation found in September that several Division I college basketball coaches were implicated in recruiting bribery, the NCAA wanted to change up some rules to safeguard themselves from ever having to clean up this mess again. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year.

Division I schools will be required to pay tuition, fees and books for basketball players who leave school and return to the same school to complete their degree. The NCAA also suggested that there will be an agreement coming out of talks with apparel companies for "accountability and transparency regarding their involvement in youth basketball".

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules.