Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

NCAA approves basketball rules changes: agents allowed, undrafted players can return

NCAA approves basketball rules changes: agents allowed, undrafted players can return

Additionally, the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will allow high school players to take more official visits to colleges, and they've introduced more rigorous certification requirements for summer basketball-related events and high school players can take more official visits to colleges.

Included in the announcement was a radical change allowing top high school and college players to hire agents while remaining eligible for college play.

College players will be able to enter the draft after each season has concluded, as usual - but they will have the option of returning to school if they go undrafted or are unable to find a viable deal to play professionally.

Emmert said the NCAA would continue to work with the NBA, National Basketball Players Association, apparel companies and USA Basketball to come up with more solutions. A second group, which will be comprised of 15 people with backgrounds in law, higher education and sports with no affiliations to NCAA schools or conferences, will review the findings of the first group, oversee the hearing and decide penalties, if necessary. Kentucky already offers lifetime scholarships in basketball and assistance in other sports. "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action".

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In addition, agents certified by the NCAA would be able pay for meals and certain other expenses.

Wednesday, the NCAA announced basketball players will have more freedom and flexibility about their status, including allowing undrafted players to return to school.

Some of the changes go into effect immediately.

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