NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for agents and the NBA draft

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Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

The NCAA unveiled several rule changes Wednesday, in hopes of eradicating - or more realistically, reducing - the significant amount of corruption, which recently stained the sport and was exposed previous year through an FBI investigation.

The rule changes are aimed at giving basketball student-athletes more flexibility for going pro and also earning a degree.

Ten months after federal prosecutors announced wide-ranging investigation into corruption in college basketball, the NCAA announced policy changes related to the sport, including allowing top players to sign with agents while in school and players who enter the NBA draft but are not chosen to retain their college eligibility. The current rule only permits players to maintain eligibility if they withdraw from the draft 10 days after the National Basketball Association combine, while those who take part in the combine and go undrafted are left with the G League or the prospect of playing overseas.

Agents would be allowed to cover minimal expenses such as meals and transportation tied to meetings or workouts with pro teams. The announcement that USA Basketball would determine which players would be permitted to hire agents apparently "blindsided" both that organization, who are not viewed as prepared to handle such a responsibility.

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The reforms also call for more transparency around amateur events and hold university presidents and chancellors accountable for noncompliance within the athletic department.

Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year. The NBA already oversees the invitation process to the Chicago pre-draft combine and Portsmouth Invitational camps every spring. "I don't think it addresses any of the issues in college basketball".

The changes also include requiring school presidents and athletics staff to commit "contractually" to cooperate fully with investigations, stiffer penalties for violations and regulation of the summer recruiting circuit. However, it's also not appropriate for the NCAA to impede that pursuit, and some of these rules have previously been so outdated that they interfered with making the best decisions. The NCAA will establish a fund to assist schools otherwise unable to provide this aid. "We're not in a position to try to say who gets an agent and who does not'".

College students are able to have agents effective immediately.

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