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NCAA approves basketball rules changes: agents allowed, undrafted players can return

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NCAA approves basketball rules changes: agents allowed, undrafted players can return

The changes were recommended by the Commission on College Basketball, an independent group formed a year ago in response to a recruiting "pay-for-play" scandal that rocked the sport.

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. College players will also be allowed representation as soon as their seasons end if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Previously, players who hired an agent lost their eligibility. Multiple reporters began relaying information about the policy, which allows players to hire an agent, go through the draft process and combine, and return to school if they go undrafted. Say Maryland's Kevin Huerter, for example, didn't get drafted in the first two rounds - he'd be able to play for the Terps again.

The NCAA made a major announcement on Wednesday morning when they unveiled new rules regarding basketball players entering the NBA Draft.

The rule changes are aimed at giving basketball student-athletes more flexibility for going pro and also earning a degree. "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. On the other hand, those players will be allowed to take more official visits to campuses, which the schools will pay for. The NCAA also suggested that there will be an agreement coming out of talks with apparel companies for "accountability and transparency regarding their involvement in youth basketball".

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines".

Here's to hoping that the NCAA and National Basketball Association can work together to create new rules that make sense for everybody involved.

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