NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

Student-athletes can now take up to 15 official visits, which begins August 1 before their junior year.

However, one set of rules announced by the NCAA on August 8 will have a direct impact on Texas basketball soon enough.

College basketball players who participate in the NBA combine and go undrafted will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal.

The NCAA will also allow agents to pay for a student athlete's expenses related to the agent selection process or are associated with meetings with the agent or a pro team. 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.

The changes reflect the recommendations made in April by the Rice Commission and will target summer recruiting camps, agent access for players and stiffer penalties for rule breakers.

All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school.

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

The NCAA and its member schools are part of the broader higher education community, and today's actions renew our commitment to our core objective - preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity. "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action".

On Tuesday, the NCAA made its first steps in reaction to an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that identified corruption in basketball, and it has huge implications for high school players.

The rule changes are effective immediately.

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".

Vanessa Coleman

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