NCAA's new proposed rules blindsides NBA, USA Basketball officials

NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school |

NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school |

Players invited to the annual NBA Draft Combine would also be able to enter the draft and return to school with eligibility intact if they go undrafted.

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.

The NCAA announced major rule changes for college basketball Wednesday.

After Givony tweeted out a clarification that said high school players will not be allowed to have agents until the age limit is removed, Woj took the NCAA to task again. College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects. That relationship must end if the player decides to go to college. For instance, student-athletes can make up to five official visits during their junior year of high school and another five visits during their senior year.

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In maybe the most notable correction to the recruiting scandals, those agents will have the freedom to pay for meals and transportation for both players and their families, as long as those expenses are related to the agent selection process, and meals, transportation and lodging for meetings with an agent or pro team. The current rule only permits players to maintain eligibility if they withdraw from the draft 10 days after the National Basketball Association combine, while those who take part in the combine and go undrafted are left with the G League or the prospect of playing overseas. The NCAA would establish a fund to help schools that financially would struggle to meet this requirement.

The rule changes are effective immediately. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines".

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.

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