Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school

NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school

Several NBA officials were surprised over the presumptive and premature nature of the NCAA's rules changes, which assumed that the NBA and NBPA will abandon the one-and-done college rule and allow high school players into the NBA draft.

High school and college basketball players can also have agents.

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The NCAA announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors adopted a "series of significant policy and legislative changes, setting in motion actions to change the structure of the NCAA fundamentally".

Other potential changes include allowing agents to represent active college players and pay for expenses like meals and transportation for players and families "if the expenses are related to the agent selection process" and allowing rising high school seniors to be represented by an agent.

- Prospective player agents must be "certified by an NCAA program with standards for behavior and consequences for violations".

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- Collegiate players will now be able to participate in the NBA Draft, yet return to school if they are undrafted.

Athletes will be allowed more college-paid visits, which can begin as soon as August 1 the summer before their junior year. That relationship must end if the player decides to go to college. The NCAA would establish a fund to help schools that financially would struggle to meet this requirement.

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rules changes on SportsCenter, said "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the Players Association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022 so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this".

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No schools were mentioned, but two Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, one in September and another in April, have identified recruiting practices that violate NCAA rules involving prospects who wound up at several schools, including Kansas.

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