NCAA announces sweeping reforms for college basketball | Lexington Herald Leader

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That was one of the recommendations from the Rice Commission appointed in the wake of an FBI investigation into corruption within college basketball.

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.

The NCAA announced several new policies and rules today, including that players will now be allowed to return to school if they declare for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected.

All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school.

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Now, players can go through the draft and have the ability to return to school if they go undrafted, as long as they inform the school's athletic director by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

- Prospective player agents must be "certified by an NCAA program with standards for behavior and consequences for violations". Previously, players could declare for the draft, and attend the NBA Scouting Combine, but had to withdraw their name from the draft no more than 10 days after the combine to retain eligibility.

Athletes will be allowed more college-paid visits, which can begin as soon as August 1 the summer before their junior year.

They'll also be allowed to be represented by agents, in college and, for some, as high school prospects.

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The rule changes are aimed at giving basketball student-athletes more flexibility for going pro and also earning a degree.

"We will review the NCAA's planned reforms and continue to assess, along with our Players' Association, the potential for any related NBA rules changes", NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

Some of the changes go into effect immediately. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines".

One other notable change specifies the appointment of two independent groups to oversee the investigation of cases defined as "complex".

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