Among the most significant changes, stemming from the April recommendations made by the Condoleezza Rice-led commission, are the ability for "elite" high school recruits and college basketball players to be represented by agents, and for players to enter the NBA draft and then return to school, if they go undrafted.
The new rules also allow for more official visits beginning just prior to a high school player's junior year.
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The NCAA on Wednesday announced sweeping changes regarding college basketball eligibility, agents and other reforms in response to both the FBI investigation into alleged college basketball corruption previous year and the April recommendations by the Commission on College Basketball.
The changes also allow high school athletes more time and latitude in committing to a college basketball team. College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects. Athletes can also take five beyond October 15 after their high school graduation. "Elite" players that go undrafted must notify their athletic director about returning to school by 5 p.m. Monday following the draft.
The agents, who must be certified by the NCAA, can assist players in making informed decisions about turning pro, but can only be hired at the conclusion of a season and have no financial ties to the players aside from small travel and meal expenses related to the draft. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college. The NCAA would establish a fund to help schools that financially would struggle to meet this requirement.
One other notable change specifies the appointment of two independent groups to oversee the investigation of cases defined as "complex".
The changes also allow the NCAA to accept during investigations outside information that has been "established by another administrative body or a commission authorized by a school".