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New NCAA Basketball Rule Allows Players To Return To School If Undrafted

NCAA announces new college basketball policy, including agents for players and longer postseason bans NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school | SI.com
Cassandra Castillo | 08 August, 2018, 23:54

Pending a decision by the NBA and its players' union, high school players can be represented by an agent beginning July 1 before their senior year, if the player has been identified as an elite senior prospect by USA Basketball.

Players invited to the annual NBA Draft Combine would also be able to enter the draft and return to school with eligibility intact if they go undrafted.

In repsonse to the recommendations issued in April from the Commission on College Basketball, the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors are implementing changes to provide student-athletes more freedom and flexibilty to decide about going pro and minimize the leverage of outside influences on high school recruits and college athletes.

One notable player that may have fallen under this rule this year had it been in place is Trevon Duval, who went undrafted when he declared for the NBA Draft after just one season at Duke. This change depends on cooperation with the NBA and NBA Players Association.

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While this will be irrelevant for players like Zion Williamson, Nassir Little, Shareef O'Neal, and Romeo Langford, who have already committed to schools - others high school prospects can soon hire agents in hopes to a swift move to the NBA Draft.

The NCAA and its member schools are part of the broader higher education community, and today's actions renew our commitment to our core goal - preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity.

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

The NCAA announced a series of policy changes regarding their rules for student athletes on Wednesday following the ongoing FBI Investigation into several prominent college basketball programs. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year.

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