NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents

  • NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents

NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents

Among the most significant changes are the new rules that allow undrafted players to return to school, provide financial assistance to players who leave school early and wish to return later to finish their degree, and give high school and college athletes the opporunity to be represented by an agent. The rule changes are effective immediately. Multiple reporters began relaying information about the policy, which allows players to hire an agent, go through the draft process and combine, and return to school if they go undrafted.

In addition, agents certified by the NCAA would be able pay for meals and certain other expenses.

The move comes as the National Basketball Association is expected to eliminate the one-and-done rule within the next five years.

Players will be eligible to hire an agent after "any basketball season", so long as they request an evaluation from the NBA undergraduate advisory committee, according to Charania.

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. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year. A second group, which will be comprised of 15 people with backgrounds in law, higher education and sports with no affiliations to NCAA schools or conferences, will review the findings of the first group, oversee the hearing and decide penalties, if necessary.

The Rice Commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in response to an FBI investigation into payments from shoe companies to coaches for steering players to certain schools.

University presidents and chancellors will be held "personally accountable" for any rule-breaking by their athletic departments.