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NCAA Announces Rule Changes–Players Can Have Agents & Return To College If Unselected In NBA Draft

NCAA Announces Rule Changes–Players Can Have Agents & Return To College If Unselected In NBA Draft

The NCAA has been scrutinized for its stubborn and antiquated rules for as long as I’ve been following college sports. In a bombshell announcement made Wednesday, the NCAA announced several policy changes that will change the landscape of college basketball.

The announcement, which comes following the ongoing FBI Investigation into several A-list college basketball programs, includes the following provisions:

Elite high school basketball recruits and college players can be represented by an agent who can help them make more informed decisions about going pro.

Agents must be certified by an NCAA program with standards for behavior and consequences for violations.

Student-athletes will be able to participate in the NBA Draft and return to school if undrafted, pending future action from the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Currently, college athletes who are interested in going pro can declare for the draft and attend the NBA combine, but must withdraw no more than 10 days after the combine to stay eligible.

Who knows what constitutes an “elite high school basketball recruit,” but ESPN’s Jeff Goodman thinks that USA Basketball would make the call.

Some people think that this is a step in the right direction for the NCAA, as letting undrafted athletes come back for a degree is inarguably positive.

The rules have only been enacted for basketball. The football landscape remains unchanged.