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

Ross Houston
August 9, 2018

Those select players can be represented by an agent beginning July 1 before their senior year in high school, pending the end to the one-and-done rule. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college.

The NCAA also created new rules on when college coaches can see athletes.

In the past, if a college basketball player declared for the draft, they had until 10 days after the draft combine to return to school.

Regarding the NBA Draft, college players who have requested an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, go through the draft but are not taken can return to school as long as they notify the school's athletic director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

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

- Players will now be able to make more "official" campus visits, paid for by the school, which can begin as soon as the summer before their junior year.

"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. "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action".

The rule changes are effective immediately.

College players who declare early for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected will have the option of returning to school, provided the National Basketball Association makes an expected rule change about draft eligibility, according to the NCAA. There will also be longer postseason bans, head coach suspensions and increased recruiting restrictions for college coaches who break the rules.

The policies adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Council include the appointment of independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interest of student-athletes over every other factor", NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

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