Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

College players can be represented by an agent beginning after any basketball season if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

The NCAA's new rules allowing "elite" prospects to hire agents has blindsided top officials from the NBA and USA Basketball. The NBA will be immersed in scouting the high school ranks once those players have an earlier target date of entering the draft, and if the NCAA wants to allow a select number of high school players the opportunity to sign with agents, the belief is that NBA front offices would be most informed to cull a list.

The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020. We will continue to work in all of these areas and continue to pursue collaboration with outside organizations, including the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association, apparel companies and USA Basketball.

Agents would be allowed to cover minimal expenses such as meals and transportation tied to meetings or workouts with pro teams. Overall, this is a positive step to take in the world of college and professional hoops to give players more support over the course of their careers.

Considering all the off the court drama that has occurred in the college hoops landscape over the past two years, these new rules do seem like steps in the right direction.

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The policies adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Council include the appointment of independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases.

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. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm information outlined by other agencies or outside investigations.

The process to adopt recommendations for NCAA reforms from the Rice Commission was a swift one by the governing body's standards.

That relationship must end if the player decides to go to college.

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