NCAA basketball changes: Players can use agents

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Ten months after federal prosecutors announced wide-ranging investigation into corruption in college basketball, the NCAA announced policy changes related to the sport, including allowing top players to sign with agents while in school and players who enter the NBA draft but are not chosen to retain their college eligibility. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's. It'll also help some players get better development and become more well-rounded before getting their chance to shine in the National Basketball Association.

The changes reflect the recommendations made in April by the Rice Commission and include guidance on summer recruiting camps, agent access for players and stiffer penalties for rule breakers.

John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rules changes on SportsCenter, said "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the Players Association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022 so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this".

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That agreement must end if the player returns to school.

This helps a lot of the players that declare early to take their career to the next level have more comfort in their decision if it does not work out.

"My question is, what if there are no scholarships at that school because they gave the scholarships away because they thought he was leaving?" "Does he go to another school?" That included the appointment of Rice-recommended independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases, with Emmert estimating it would apply to maybe five cases annually. "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action". There will also be longer postseason bans, head coach suspensions and increased recruiting restrictions for college coaches who break the rules. The NCAA now will also be able to use information obtained in outside investigations - such as the FBI - to aid in its own probes and also will now hold school presidents and chancellors personally accountable for their athletic departments following the rules. Coaches and athletics staff must now also report any income over $600 from a source outside the school, such as an apparel company.

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