NCAA makes rule change, allows basketball players to have agent

NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school | SI.com

Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

And then, the announcement of a litany of changes came on Wednesday.

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.

College students are able to have agents effective immediately.

The NCAA's new rules allowing "elite" prospects to hire agents has blindsided top officials from the NBA and USA Basketball. 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.

All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school. The NBA will be immersed in scouting the high school ranks once those players have an earlier target date of entering the NBA draft, and if the NCAA wants to allow a select number of high school players the opportunity to sign with agents, the belief is that NBA front offices would be most informed to cull a list.

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Agents can pay for meals and transportation for players and their families if the expenses are related to the agent selection process. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm information outlined by other agencies or outside investigations.

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.

In addition, school presidents and athletics staff will be required to commit "contractually" to cooperate fully with investigations.

They've also been deemed to deserve nothing more, like payment, from the multi-billion dollar industry. "Things have changed. I'm not sure what's improved", one coach said. "It doesn't fix anything".

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