The NCAA announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors adopted a "series of significant policy and legislative changes, setting in motion actions to change the structure of the NCAA fundamentally". College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects.
College players who declare early for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected will have the option of returning to school, provided the National Basketball Association makes an expected rule change about draft eligibility, according to the NCAA. 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.
The NCAA will also allow agents to pay for a student athlete's expenses related to the agent selection process or are associated with meetings with the agent or a pro team. Overall, this is a positive step to take in the world of college and professional hoops to give players more support over the course of their careers.
The changes reflect the recommendations made in April by the Rice Commission.
The rule changes are a part of the NCAA's reforms in response to the college hoops corruption scandal.
Schools found to be in violation of NCAA rules face stricter penalties, including longer postseason bans (up to five years), coach suspensions (potentially beyond one season), employment limitations, recruiting restrictions and loss of revenue from basketball. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm information outlined by other agencies or outside investigations. Coaches and athletics staff must now also report any income over $600 from a source outside the school, such as an apparel company.
ESPN's Jonathan Givony was trying to get to the bottom of the rule changes, and he initially noted some confusion about what was going on.