The NCAA launched a commission and set of sub-committees to address the fallout of the FBI investigation into the college basketball industry, resulting in several policy shifts - including the assigning of responsibility to USA Basketball for something the organization had already told the NCAA it wanted no part: Bearing responsibility for selecting elite senior high school prospects who'll be allowed to sign with registered agents. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college.
Top officials with the NBA and USA Basketball were blindsided with timing and changes in the NCAA's announcement of future rules surrounding pro basketball prospects, sources told ESPN. Previously, players could declare for the draft, and attend the NBA Scouting Combine, but had to withdraw their name from the draft no more than 10 days after the combine to retain eligibility. The rules would also allow elite high school players to work with an agent if the National Basketball Association removes its one-and-done rule.
Student-athletes can now take up to 15 official visits, which begins August 1 before their junior year.
- Collegiate players will now be able to participate in the NBA Draft, yet return to school if they are undrafted.
According to a news release by the NCAA, the "NBA draft flexibility rule will go into effect when the NBA or the NBPA make an expected rule change, which would make undrafted student-athletes who return to college after the draft ineligible for the NBA until the end of the next college basketball season".
On Wednesday, the NCAA made its long-promised, much-ballyhooed foray into reducing corruption within its college basketball ranks. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines". These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor.