NCAA rule changes harm high school basketball prospects

Ruben Hill
August 11, 2018

The NCAA also adopted changes to enforcement policies, including the creation of an independent adjudicative body to handle complex cases that involve significant violations. Visits may be taken on August 1 before their junior year of high school, with five visits allowed during their junior year, five visits between the end of their junior year and October 15 and five final visits between October 15 and the remainder of their college eligibility.

The Commission on College Basketball, formed by NCAA president Mark Emmert and chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, made recommendations that look like they moved the goalposts on college basketball's corruption issues - but didn't create any meaningful solution. This is to say nothing of the fact that pairing agents with players at a younger age is a dicey proposition.

College players can be represented by players' union- and NCAA-certified agents beginning after any season, as long as they request an evaluation from the undergraduate advisory committee. "We try to strengthen the integrity of the game and strengthen the accountability of all of us that work inside the games, and at the same time, do that in a way that provides student-athletes with much more flexibility and freedom about their decisions".

USA Basketball doesn't have the infrastructure or interest in accepting the role of evaluating the nation's top prospects for selecting a yet-to-be-determined number of players who will annually be allowed to sign with agents at the end of their junior years, sources told ESPN.

Kentucky coach John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rule changes on SportsCenter, said, "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the players' association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022, so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this".

For players to take advantage of this change, they would need to declare for the draft, request an undergraduate advisory committee evaluation from the National Basketball Association and be invited to participate in the National Basketball Association combine. New regulations stipulate that "elite" high school recruits will be able to hire agents.

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

All agent agreements will be terminated when the student enrolls or returns to college. How many players will get this recognition under their name?

Officials with the NBA and USA Basketball were caught off guard when the NCAA announced future rule changes to the representation of elite prospects, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He said that while the changes were drastic and had the right idea, there are still a lot of issues with the idea of amateurism and how exactly the rules will be incorporated.

Football: NCAA to institute new redshirt guidelines, replacing antiquated, unjust rulesLast month, the NCAA Division 1 Council agreed to a proposal to revamp College Football's ill-considered redshirt policy.

For programs that are financially unable to play for the players' education, the NCAA is establishing a fund to give to these schools.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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