NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

by Leon Thompson August 11, 2018, 2:00
NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

The group addressed the NCAA, AAU basketball, the NBA and its players' union, for contributing to "a crisis in college basketball (that) is foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility".

The NCAA on Wednesday announced sweeping changes regarding college basketball eligibility, agents and other reforms in response to both the FBI investigation into alleged college basketball corruption a year ago and the April recommendations by the Commission on College Basketball.

In the past, if a college basketball player declared for the draft, they had until 10 days after the draft combine to return to school.

The changes also include allowing a player to return to school if undrafted, but only if he sought the NBA advisory evaluation and participated in the scouting combine - a number that NCAA senior vice president of men's basketball Dan Gavitt said would be "very limited in scope".

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

- Prospective player agents must be "certified by an NCAA program with standards for behavior and consequences for violations".

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University presidents and chancellors will be held "personally accountable" for any rule-breaking by their athletic departments.

The belief in National Basketball Association circles is that the earliest such a change would go into effect is for the 2021 draft.

Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year. Events for high schoolers, which are sometimes sponsored by apparel companies, now will need to meet stricter certification requirements related to financial transparency. The new rules also allow for heavier punishments, like longer head coach suspensions and stronger fines. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm those details, which could apply to the current corruption case with federal investigators having access to information through subpoenas and wiretaps - tools the NCAA doesn't possess.

In addition, school presidents and athletics staff will be required to commit "contractually" to cooperate fully with investigations.

"We've got a lot of work to do still as part of the process", Peterson said. It's on us to restore the integrity of college basketball and continue to improve the interests of all student-athletes.

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