Massive Changes In Store for College Basketball

After becoming immersed in FBI investigations last year for corruption involved with the sport, the NCAA has announced some majorly huge changes for college basketball. In summary, based on the NCAA’s report on the rule changes, here they are:

  • The number of visits has been increased.
  • With a pending decision from the NBA and NBPA, high school players can have an agent by July 1st before their senior year, provided they are identified as an elite senior prospect by USA Basketball.
    • This rule becomes effective if/when the NBA/NBPA reaches the decision to allow high school students in the NBA Draft
  • College basketball players can be represented by an agent if they ask for an assessment from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee
    • Effective immediately.
    • Agents are permitted to pay for expenses, including meals and transportation for players and their families.
      • This rule is effective when any relevant state laws are changed, including the Uniform Athletes Agent Act, Revised Uniform Athletes Agent Act, and others.
    • Agreements between players and agents must be:
      • In writing.
      • Terminated when a player enrolls in or returns to college.
      • Disclosed to the NCAA (for players in high school) and the school (for players in college).
    • To work with a student-athlete, agents must be NCAA-certified.
  • Students who wish to enter the NBA Draft must seek an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, providing information to advise the students in their decisions on whether to stay in school or enter the draft.
  • Student-athletes who are not drafted, attended an evaluation, and attended the Combine will be permitted to re-enroll in school provided that they alert their athletic director of their decision by 5pm the Monday following the draft.
    • Effective if/when the NBA makes an expected decision making undrafted athletes who return to college ineligible for the NBA draft until the completion of the next college basketball season.
  • Required funding and assistant from schools for players returning for degree completion.
    • Effective August 1, 2019.

These new changes will be groundbreaking for the NCAA and all of college basketball. Of course, many of these changes are pending a decision by the NBA and NBPA. It’ll take a while, but we may just be witnessing the end of the one-and-done era.

De’Aaron Fox had some choice words for the NCAA:

When it comes to the “elite” prospect rule, what about guys who aren’t USA Basketball eligible? International players, like R.J. Barrett, for one?

It’s a work in progress, mostly in the right direction.

The featured image on the homepage is courtesy of The Athletic.

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