NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school |

Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

That was one of the recommendations from the Rice Commission appointed in the wake of an FBI investigation into corruption within college basketball.

Among the most significant changes are the new rules that allow undrafted players to return to school, provide financial assistance to players who leave school early and wish to return later to finish their degree, and give high school and college athletes the opporunity to be represented by an agent.

However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA.

The NCAA launched a commission and set of sub-committees to address the fallout of the FBI investigation into the college basketball industry, resulting in several policy shifts - including the assigning of responsibility to USA Basketball for something the organization had already told the NCAA it wanted no part: Bearing responsibility for selecting elite senior high school prospects who'll be allowed to sign with registered agents.

Now, players can go through the draft and have the ability to return to school if they go undrafted, as long as they inform the school's athletic director by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

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"I think the concepts are good in theory, but someone would have to explain to me why USA Basketball gets to determine who gets to have an agent". "It's just dumb. The market would be set". That relationship must end if the player decides to go to college.

Here's to hoping that the NCAA and National Basketball Association can work together to create new rules that make sense for everybody involved. There will also be longer postseason bans, head coach suspensions and increased recruiting restrictions for college coaches who break the rules.

In addition, school presidents and athletics staff will be required to commit "contractually" to cooperate fully with investigations. These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor.

College students are able to have agents effective immediately.

They've also been deemed to deserve nothing more, like payment, from the multi-billion dollar industry.

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