The NCAA is making significant changes to college basketball rules that will dramatically alter the way players decide their NBA future.
Under the newly proposed rules, players invited to the NBA Combine who are not selected in the NBA Draft will be able to return to school by notifying their athletic director by 5:00 pm on the Monday after the draft. Those who decide to return to school can also be eligible for financial assistance. The change all go into effect if the NBA agrees to make those players un-draftable until they complete the following college basketball season.
Agents, once the bane of the NCAA’s existence, will now be able to represent elite athletes as early as July 1 of their senior year. USA Basketball will determine who is eligible to receive representation. If a player does not make the cut in high school, college athletes who give their name to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee at the end of the season can receive representation.
The agents must go through a certification process with the NCAA. Once they are approved and a written agreement has been reached between parties, agents will be able pay for meals and transportation expenses.
After the NCAA was criticized for small changes in the college basketball recruiting calendar, this move appears to be moving in the right direction. However, almost all of these rules are pending changes by the NBA and NBPA.
Read all of the details about the new proposed rules here.
Student-athletes have more freedom and flexibility to decide about going pro or getting a college education, and they can receive financial assistance if they leave school early and wish to return later to finish their degree. https://t.co/Ubizwm4Bkb pic.twitter.com/UBjBMZZDlh
— NCAA (@NCAA) August 8, 2018