New NCAA Basketball Rule Allows Players To Return To School If Undrafted

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

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

After Givony tweeted out a clarification that said high school players will not be allowed to have agents until the age limit is removed, Woj took the NCAA to task again.

The NBA, USA Basketball and NCAA did meet and discuss these prospective changes, but the NBA and USA Basketball never believed they had come to a consensus with the NCAA on how they would move forward together on the issues, sources said.

Some of the changes go into effect immediately.

However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college.

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.

The NCAA will also limit the kinds of "basketball-related events" high school athletes can go to, allowing only ones that the NCAA can vet.

The rule changes are aimed at giving basketball student-athletes more flexibility for going pro and also earning a degree.

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. 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. 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".

On Wednesday, the NCAA made its long-promised, much-ballyhooed foray into reducing corruption within its college basketball ranks.

University presidents and chancellors will be held "personally accountable" for any rule-breaking by their athletic departments. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines".

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