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Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

09 August 2018

Among the most significant changes are the new rules that allow undrafted players to return to school, provide financial assistance to players who leave school early and wish to return later to finish their degree, and give high school and college athletes the opporunity to be represented by an agent. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's.

The NCAA, before revealing the amendments that mainly focused on players' rights to agents, failed to inform the two parties affected by the rules, USA Basketball and the NBA, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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. The problem is the NBA and NBA Players' Association have not reached a consensus of their own on the change, NBA spokesman Tim Frank acknowledged.

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This week, we delivered on a promise made just months ago to make profound and meaningful changes to college basketball.

In maybe the most notable correction to the recruiting scandals, those agents will have the freedom to pay for meals and transportation for both players and their families, as long as those expenses are related to the agent selection process, and meals, transportation and lodging for meetings with an agent or pro team.

Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year.

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They'll also be allowed to be represented by agents, in college and, for some, as high school prospects. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance.

The Rice Commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in response to an FBI investigation into payments from shoe companies to coaches for steering players to certain schools.

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Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms