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


The NCAA also states that "Division I schools will be required to pay for tuition, fees and books for basketball players who leave school and return later to the same school to earn their degree".

What the NCAA announced Wednesday, such as allowing the very top high school players to have agents and letting some players who go undrafted return to college ball, is progress. That player that is not selected would have to inform their schools by 5 p.m. the following Monday after the NBA Draft takes place.

The NCAA announced several new policies and rules today, including that players will now be allowed to return to school if they declare for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected.

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Agents would be allowed to cover minimal expenses such as meals and transportation tied to meetings or workouts with pro teams.

Another big change allows agents to represent elite high school basketball recruits and players. The rule changes are effective immediately. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college. Previously, players could declare for the draft, and attend the NBA Scouting Combine, but had to withdraw their name from the draft no more than 10 days after the combine to retain eligibility. The NCAA plans to pursue more rigorous certification requirements to ensure transparency in operations and finances. The NCAA will establish a fund to assist schools otherwise unable to provide this aid. NCAA cases now can draw upon information obtained through other entities, such as government agencies, which will speed up the process of investigating issues.

"The intent here is to just try to reinforce that fact that university presidents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of the people involved in their athletics programs, just as they are with any other group of employees and they have to step up and take responsibilities", said Bud Peterson, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors and the president of Georgia Tech. "We're not in a position to try to say who gets an agent and who does not'". "We remain committed to promoting fairness in college sports and creating an environment that will champion the success of student-athletes".