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NCAA to Allow Agents, Undrafted College Basketball Players to Return to School


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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 responses to “NCAA to Allow Agents, Undrafted College Basketball Players to Return to School”

  1. DelrayCat

    Wow…just wow.
    But I do like the idea of sanctioning agent access. This minimizes the role AAU coaches have during the late stages of the recruiting process.

    1. DelrayCat

      Probably end up with agents who represent one particular shoe company and thereby can “legally” steer clients to those affiliated schools.

    2. recliner coach

      Agreed, and agents can now be bribed to convince a kid to a school. And now agents will be paid big by shoe company’s, Anyone thing Pitino will become a agent? Certainly qualified

  2. JTHinton

    To clarify, a player can have an agent during the college season?

    1. Alex90

      Even as a senior in HS

    2. JTHinton

      Wow, that’s crazy… thanks for clearing that up for me

  3. nybrasky

    Thanks for providing the link because your summary is incomplete at best and misleading at worst.

    1. yodasgreendong

      What do you expect from nick? He’s the worst

  4. CKTermy23

    Only if they are a Senior

    1. wildcatdude

      Pretty sure they are talking the senior year of high school in the article.

    2. Wade

      Yes bc one and done is ending hence USA basketball players which are qualified to be one and dimes can have an agent

  5. shelby

    So coach K can put an agent on his payroll and have said agent push the id to duke?

  6. Ben27

    About time! this should have been done years ago. Keep simplifying things until you get it right NCAA. Headed in the right direction. I think the NCAA is doing this in fear of law suits and eventually losing the revenue, like in football. Whatever the reason, it is the right move!

  7. Realme

    I’m kind of shocked. It’s like the NCAA wants to work with the players, instead of against them.

    1. J-Dub421

      It’s always surprising when the NCAA gets it right once in a while.

  8. CKTermy23

    Remember the NCAA is not doing this because they want to it because they simply don’t have a choice with the FBI breathing down thier neck. This is the best and easiest solution to the problem which makes them look like the hero.

  9. michaelb

    NCAA infringes on personal rights / bill of rights almost . It has to do some stuff because well it has to .