NCAA announces sweeping reforms for college basketball | Lexington Herald Leader

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2018

The NCAA announced several new policies and rules today, including that players will now be allowed to return to school if they declare for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected.

Particularly, the NCAA has made some changes to how it will handle the NBA Draft process on its end.

- College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's.

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.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver previously hoped that it could have a firm rule in place allowing high school talent to cross over to the NBA by 2020, but given the NCAA's lead on the matter, it's now much closer to becoming a reality. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance.

The NCAA, before revealing the amendments that mainly focused on players' rights to agents, failed to inform the two parties affected by the rules, USA Basketball and the NBA, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

This new rule aims to help highly touted high school players "make informed decisions about going pro".

University presidents and chancellors will be held "personally accountable" for any rule-breaking by their athletic departments. The NCAA is establishing a fund to assist schools in this endeavor.

In addition, there have also been changes to the current recruiting rules.

Missing in the NCAA's package of rule changes is anything to do with pay for players, a wish from many in the college sports community and the inspiration for a multitude of opinion pieces over the years.

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