Sports News, NCAA adopts college basketball reforms

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

As the previous rule allowed eligible underclassmen to enter the National Basketball Association draft, participate in the combine and return to school as long as they withdrew from the draft 10 days after the combine, the new policy gives players more flexibility to test the draft waters. Now, players will be able to return to school if they are not drafted.

Jim Tooley, the CEO of USA Basketball, told NCAA.com by phone from the Bahamas, "Our universe of junior national team players isn't every pro prospect and even if we expand the pool, we don't include global players".

-Provide college basketball players more freedom and flexibility to decide their future.

The changes also include allowing a player to return to school if undrafted, but only if he sought the NBA advisory evaluation and participated in the scouting combine — a number that NCAA senior vice president of men's basketball Dan Gavitt said would be "very limited in scope". Therefore, if the players are undrafted, they only have two options: play in the G league or ball overseas.

To be eligible for an agent, college players must first request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. The agents can cover minimal costs, such as meals and travel expenses related to gauging interest in professional opportunities.

High schoolers identified by USA Basketball as elite prospects will be allowed to have an agent starting July 1 before their senior year.

The three organizations did meet to discuss possible rule changes, but the NBA and USA Basketball were under the impression that there was no concrete resolution as of yet.

Last month, Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league will likely amend its age-eligibility rule.

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The new rules on agents will allow, college players, after the end of any season, to be permitted to be represented by NBPA-certified agents.

Coaches and athletic staff will be required to report athletics-based income from sources other than their schools.

Kentucky coach John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rule changes on SportsCenter, said, "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the players' association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022 so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this".

Additionally, the NCAA will require more transparency about the financial relationships between apparel companies and their clients, including universities, amateur teams and events the companies sponsor.

The NCAA also adopted changes to enforcement policies, including the creation of an independent adjudicative body to handle complex cases that involve significant violations. They've made adjustments to it, but the college game has no say in the matter. The NCAA will also add public members to its Board of Governors.

A statement from the NCAA's president Mark Emmert stated it is committed to help student-athletes achieve success and encourage fairness in various college sports.

"We've got a lot of work to do still as part of the process", Peterson said.

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