NCAA changes policies on draft, agents, recruiting; National Basketball Association reportedly 'blindsided'

LOS ANGELES CA- MARCH 22 Tyler Davis #34 of the Texas A&M Aggies goes up for a shot against Isaiah Livers #4 of the Michigan Wolverines in the second half in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at Staples Center

LOS ANGELES CA- MARCH 22 Tyler Davis #34 of the Texas A&M Aggies goes up for a shot against Isaiah Livers #4 of the Michigan Wolverines in the second half in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at Staples Center

The NCAA also adopted changes to enforcement policies, including the creation of an independent adjudicative body to handle complex cases that involve significant violations.

Also in recruiting, prospects will now have the freedom to make more official visits - those paid for by the schools - and will now have the freedom to hire an agent to help them make their decisions on going pro. "From Chris Webber at MI basketball and Reggie Bush at USC football, an underground economy has always existed for the services of these players".

For the new rules to work, the NBA and USA Basketball would have to stop using the one-and-done rule, where players can move on to the NBA after playing one year of college basketball. But that was always pretty much a given since no one, it seems, wants to mess too much with a system that makes everyone money but the players.

When a college player declares for the NBA Draft, he forgoes his eligibility as a student-athlete.

The Indianapolis-based NCAA has announced what it says are "profound and meaningful changes" to the rules governing college basketball that it says will focus on supporting student-athletes "over every other factor".

College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal. The changes go into effect this year.

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It could be a good way for Rodney Terry and staff to recruit since the staff can give highly-regarded prospects the opportunity to have significant playing time, while pitching the idea to recruits that they could stand out in a mid-major conference like C-USA and could get National Basketball Association draft recognition, all with the security of having their spot on the team if it doesn't work out.

Most concerning for high school players, especially those who aren't considered "elite", is the reduction of July's recruiting calendar to one weekend. The agent agreements must be in writing and will be terminated when the student enrols or returns to college.

Gavitt is one of the most powerful and influential voices the NCAA has, and he was intimately involved throughout as that organization's Division I Council and its litany of working groups tried to write legislation that met the recommendations handed down in April by the Commission on College Basketball.

If the Uniform Athlete Agents Act and state laws match up, meals and transportation for players and their families related to the agent selection process would be NCAA-approved. And even then, the NCAA hasn't accounted for the fact that USA Basketball has neither the "desire" nor "infrastructure" to determine whether prep basketball prospects are elite enough to warrant signing with an agent, according to Wojnarowski. If UTEP actively pursues some of these players, the staff might have to not only recruit the player, but also recruit his agent.

The NCAA and its member schools are part of the broader higher education community, and today's actions renew our commitment to our core goal - preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity.

For programs that are financially unable to play for the players' education, the NCAA is establishing a fund to give to these schools.

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