NCAA makes rule change, allows basketball players to have agent



According to a news release by the NCAA, the "NBA draft flexibility rule will go into effect when the NBA or the NBPA make an expected rule change, which would make undrafted student-athletes who return to college after the draft ineligible for the NBA until the end of the next college basketball season". While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's.

They'll also be allowed to be represented by agents, in college and, for some, as high school prospects.

Now, players can go through the draft and have the ability to return to school if they go undrafted, as long as they inform the school's athletic director by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

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

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Soon enough, high school players will be able to break into the National Basketball Association without the need to play in college, much like other National Basketball Association stars like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett first entered the league.

The NCAA made a number of rule changes Wednesday that could have an impact on the Kansas men's basketball team. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance.

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules. "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action".

Rice said the vast majority of schools play by the rules but a "win at all cost" approach by others who have been inadequately punished must be changed. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines".

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