NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

After an FBI investigation found in September that several Division I college basketball coaches were implicated in recruiting bribery, the NCAA wanted to change up some rules to safeguard themselves from ever having to clean up this mess again. Under the proposed rule change, they would have to declare their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday following the NBA Draft. The NBA will be immersed in scouting the high school ranks once those players have an earlier target date for entering the draft, and if the NCAA wants to allow a select number of high school players to sign with agents, the belief is that NBA front offices would be most informed to cull a list.

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.

High school and college basketball players can also have agents.

ESPN's Jonathan Givony was trying to get to the bottom of the rule changes, and he initially noted some confusion about what was going on.

The initial response was that it appeared as though, for the first time in a long time, the NCAA had done something good that benefits the players.

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The reforms also call for more transparency around amateur events and hold university presidents and chancellors accountable for noncompliance within the athletic department. Coaches will be able to attend an NBA Players Association top 100 camp in June.

Some of the changes go into effect immediately. "Division I", NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday afternoon.

That agreement must end if the player returns to school. "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action".

The NCAA also adopted changes to enforcement policies, including the creation of an independent adjudicative body to handle complex cases that involve significant violations. "We remain committed to promoting fairness in college sports and creating an environment that will champion the success of student-athletes".

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