NCAA changes course on central rules

Report: NBA, USA Basketball blindsided by NCAA's proposed rule changes

Why NBA, USA Basketball Reportedly Were ‘Blindsided’ By New NCAA Rules

The biggest change that affects USA Basketball is the NCAA giving it responsibility for finding top high school seniors who will be allowed to sign with agents, ESPN reported. Such a decision to clear the way for high schoolers to enter the draft is now pending. While things appear headed in that direction, the NBA and NBA Players Association don't plan on abandoning the current "one-and-done" rule until the 2022 NBA Draft at the earliest, per Wojnarowski. An amendment bargained by the league's players and owners is permissible, per the CBA. But a distinct irony exists in the inclusion of agents into the recruitment process when their activity was part of what created college basketball's myriad problems that prompted Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement.

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".

Only prospects invited to the National Basketball Association scouting combine are eligible to return to school.

Similar to the issue of who can hire agents, who receives invitations to these camps raises further questions. College baseball players were granted agent representation in 2016.

"Did something need to be done?"

Emmert stated the rule changes to enforcement will apply to all Division I sports.

Though Brown obviously couldn't have predicted that Smith would suffer a potentially season-ending injury, and because of the fast-paced nature of draft day wheeling-and-dealing, he probably didn't have an exceptionally expansive amount of time to think the deal over, but with Leonard now a Raptor, Bridges a Sun and that 2021 Miami pick a whole lot less valuable, it's hard not to be slightly disappointed with how the Sixers summer has turned out thus far.

Recruiting: Starting later in August basketball recruits can take up to 15 official visits versus five in the past.

-Provide college basketball players more freedom and flexibility to decide their future.

"My opinion is that we spend so much time talking about 10 guys [who could go from high school to the NBA] whereas Division I college basketball has 4,000 or 5,000 players and we spend so much time on the phrase that is so catchy, 'one-and-done, ' that it's the headline of almost every college basketball article".

-Add fresh perspective and independent judgment to NCAA decision-making at the highest level of policymaking and in investigations and case resolution.

With regard to agents and accepting payments, including travel and expenses, the NCAA plans to make a major change to approve certain financial coverage by agents. Beginning this upcoming season, any undrafted players with remaining years of eligibility may return to college, even after declaring for the draft.

University presidents will now be personally accountable for their institution following the rules. Agents are allowed to pay for meals and transportation for players and their families during the agent selection process and through meetings for professional teams, per the new policy.

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