NCAA announces major rule changes coming to college basketball

Basketball student athletes can now take up 10 official visits between Aug.1 of their junior year and October 15 after their high school graduation: five as a junior and five as senior, according to the NCAA. "And if you're not on the approved list, and you want an agent, then are you stuck in the old days, and can be declared ineligible?" an agent of college basketball coaches told The Post.

The NCAA attracted a lot of attention Wednesday by announcing that they would permit a pool of "elite" high school and college talent to hire agents.

The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020. While that appears to be the direction the league and union are headed, discussions are centered on the 2022 National Basketball Association draft as the earliest.

Agents would be allowed to cover minimal expenses such as meals and transportation tied to meetings or workouts with pro teams.

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

The changes reflect the recommendations made in April by the Rice Commission.

Additionally, the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will allow high school players to take more official visits to colleges, and they've introduced more rigorous certification requirements for summer basketball-related events and high school players can take more official visits to colleges.

The policies adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Council include the appointment of independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines". The NCAA now will also be able to use information obtained in outside investigations - such as the FBI - to aid in its own probes and also will now hold school presidents and chancellors personally accountable for their athletic departments following the rules.

Vanessa Coleman

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