Monday, 24 September, 2018


NCAA announces sweeping reforms for college basketball | Lexington Herald Leader

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Noah Ferguson | 09 August, 2018, 05:27

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver previously hoped that it could have a firm rule in place allowing high school talent to cross over to the NBA by 2020, but given the NCAA's lead on the matter, it's now much closer to becoming a reality.

The NCAA will now allow "elite" high school and prospective college athletes to be represented by an agent, while also permitting players to return to school if undrafted by the National Basketball Association, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. 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.

Athletes will be allowed more college-paid visits, which can begin as soon as August 1 the summer before their junior year. Multiple reporters began relaying information about the policy, which allows players to hire an agent, go through the draft process and combine, and return to school if they go undrafted. The NCAA is establishing a fund to assist schools in this endeavor.

Division I schools are now also bound to pay for tuition, fees and books for those players who left school and later returned to earn their degree, provided the player was on scholarship, fewer than 10 years have passed since leaving school and the player had been enrolled in the school for at least two years.

All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school.

The Rice Commission announced its recommendations in April, laying out a future of the sport that looked to eliminate the type of malfeasance that attracted a federal investigation.

The rule changes are a part of the NCAA's reforms in response to the college hoops corruption scandal. "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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