The NCAA appears to have earned more enemies than supporters for a long-awaited list of rule changes to college basketball.
A move like this will facilitate contact between NBA teams and high school prospects directly, while allowing the NCAA to retain its talent if players go undrafted after the league has selected its top 60 players in the NBA Draft. 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.
This is a huge progressive change, which is paving the way for the removal of the one-and-done era, as previously speculated during the last few meetings between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, with inclusion of the NCAA governing body.
Highlights include allowing elite high school and college players to sign agents to help them with the choices for their future as is available in sports including baseball and hockey. For instance, student-athletes can make up to five official visits during their junior year of high school and another five visits during their senior year.
Division I schools will be required to pay tuition, fees and books for basketball players who leave school and return to the same school to complete their degree.
This new rule aims to help highly touted high school players "make informed decisions about going pro".
Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year. The NCAA would establish a fund to help schools that financially would struggle to meet this requirement.
In addition, there have also been changes to the current recruiting rules.
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.