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

Heather Diaz
August 9, 2018

College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects.

Agents would be allowed to cover minimal expenses such as meals and transportation tied to meetings or workouts with pro teams. That player that is not selected would have to inform their schools by 5 p.m. the following Monday after the NBA Draft takes place.

This new NCAA rule for both college basketball and the NBA Draft should take effect by the 2020 or 2021 off-seasons.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor", NCAA leaders said in joint statement. Say Maryland's Kevin Huerter, for example, didn't get drafted in the first two rounds - he'd be able to play for the Terps again.

The NCAA's new rules allowing "elite" prospects to hire agents has blindsided top officials from the NBA and USA Basketball. 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". Athletes can also take five beyond October 15 after their high school graduation.

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The NCAA will also limit the kinds of "basketball-related events" high school athletes can go to, allowing only ones that the NCAA can vet.

If coaches and staff are making any money off an outside company - like an "apparel company" - they will have to report that to their schools, too.

The rule changes are a part of the NCAA's reforms in response to the college hoops corruption scandal.

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules.

Schools found to be in violation of NCAA rules face stricter penalties, including longer postseason bans (up to five years), coach suspensions (potentially beyond one season), employment limitations, recruiting restrictions and loss of revenue from basketball.

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