Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

NCAA announces major rule changes coming to college basketball

NCAA announces major rule changes coming to college basketball

The NCAA attracted a lot of attention Wednesday by announcing that they would permit a pool of "elite" high school and college talent to hire agents.

A move like this will facilitate contact between NBA teams and high school prospects directly, while allowing the NCAA to retain its talent if players go undrafted after the league has selected its top 60 players in the NBA Draft. College players will also be allowed representation as soon as their seasons end if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

The NCAA and its member schools are part of the broader higher education community, and today's actions renew our commitment to our core goal - preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity.

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One of the main changes includes giving players the opportunity to enter the NBA Draft and return to school if they are undrafted, pending future action from the NBA and the NBPA. Say Maryland's Kevin Huerter, for example, didn't get drafted in the first two rounds - he'd be able to play for the Terps again. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance.

Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year.

This new rule aims to help highly touted high school players "make informed decisions about going pro". 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".

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"We will review the NCAA's planned reforms and continue to assess, along with our Players' Association, the potential for any related NBA rules changes", Frank said.

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

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