NCAA announces sweeping reforms for college basketball | Lexington Herald Leader

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NCAA announces new college basketball policy, including agents for players and longer postseason bans

On Wednesday, the NCAA made its long-promised, much-ballyhooed foray into reducing corruption within its college basketball ranks.

However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA.

While this will be irrelevant for players like Zion Williamson, Nassir Little, Shareef O'Neal, and Romeo Langford, who have already committed to schools - others high school prospects can soon hire agents in hopes to a swift move to the NBA Draft.

According to a news release by the NCAA, the "NBA draft flexibility rule will go into effect when the NBA or the NBPA make an expected rule change, which would make undrafted student-athletes who return to college after the draft ineligible for the NBA until the end of the next college basketball season".

The NBA and USA Basketball's compliance with the rules is crucial since the NCAA now expects them to change their course of action.

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Regarding the NBA Draft, college players who have requested an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, go through the draft but are not taken can return to school as long as they notify the school's athletic director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft. The NCAA is establishing a fund to assist schools in this endeavor. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year.

The changes also allow high school athletes more time and latitude in committing to a college basketball team.

"We will review the NCAA's planned reforms and continue to assess, along with our Players' Association, the potential for any related NBA rules changes", Frank said.

No schools were mentioned, but two Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, one in September and another in April, have identified recruiting practices that violate NCAA rules involving prospects who wound up at several schools, including Kansas.

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