New college basketball rules unveiled - but do they fix anything?

The NCAA announced major rule changes for college basketball Wednesday.

The NBA, USA Basketball and NCAA did meet and discuss these prospective changes, but the NBA and USA Basketball never believed they had come to a consensus with the NCAA on how they would move forward together on the issues, sources said.

Among the most significant changes, stemming from the April recommendations made by the Condoleezza Rice-led commission, are the ability for "elite" high school recruits and college basketball players to be represented by agents, and for players to enter the NBA draft and then return to school, if they go undrafted. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's. Previously, players who hired an agent lost their eligibility. Under previous rules, players could "test the waters" of National Basketball Association interest, but had to withdraw from draft consideration 10 days after the combine.

Rice said the vast majority of schools play by the rules but a "win at all cost" approach by others who have been inadequately punished must be changed.

- Collegiate players will now be able to participate in the NBA Draft, yet return to school if they are undrafted. Athletes can also take five beyond October 15 after their high school graduation. The NCAA also states that "Division I schools will be required to pay for tuition, fees and books for basketball players who leave school and return later to the same school to earn their degree".

Agents can pay for meals and transportation for players and their families if the expenses are related to the agent selection process. 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".

In addition to recruiting calendar changes and increases to the number of official visits recruits can make to schools, the NCAA has developed a form of subpoena power it previously lacked, requiring all school presidents, chancellors and athletic department members to contractually comply with all investigations.

  • Stacy Allen