Additionally, the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will allow high school players to take more official visits to colleges, and they've introduced more rigorous certification requirements for summer basketball-related events and high school players can take more official visits to colleges.
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.
Wednesday, the NCAA announced basketball players will have more freedom and flexibility about their status, including allowing undrafted players to return to school. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's. That relationship must end if the player decides to go to college. 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. The latter would become effective if the NBA and its players' association allow high school students to enter the draft.
- Prospective player agents must be "certified by an NCAA program with standards for behavior and consequences for violations".
Student-athletes can now take up to 15 official visits, which begins August 1 before their junior year.
The rule changes are a part of the NCAA's reforms in response to the college hoops corruption scandal. "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action".
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 policies adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Council include the appointment of independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases.
The changes also allow the NCAA to accept during investigations outside information that has been "established by another administrative body or a commission authorized by a school".