Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

NCAA to allow more flexibility for college basketball players considering the NBA

NCAA to allow more flexibility for college basketball players considering the NBA

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 changes also allow high school athletes more time and latitude in committing to a college basketball team.

The NCAA made a major announcement on Wednesday morning when they unveiled new rules regarding basketball players entering the NBA Draft. 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.

Regarding the NBA Draft, college players who have requested an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, go through the draft but are not taken can return to school as long as they notify the school's athletic director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

Pending a decision by the NBA and its players' union, high school players can be represented by an agent beginning July 1 before their senior year, if the player has been identified as an elite senior prospect by USA Basketball.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor", NCAA leaders said in joint statement.

In addition, agents certified by the NCAA would be able pay for meals and certain other expenses. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college.

With the growing trend of college players declaring early for the NBA Draft with little to no chance of getting selected, there is at least a back up plan coming into place now. The NCAA plans to pursue more rigorous certification requirements to ensure transparency in operations and finances.

Universities are required to report athletics-related income from outside sources.

The changes also allow the NCAA to accept outside information that has been "established by another administrative body or a commission authorized by a school". Agents often get a bad rap as pragmatists and manipulators; they serve a necessary and appropriate role in this process.

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