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Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

The NCAA announced a series of policy changes regarding their rules for student athletes on Wednesday following the ongoing FBI Investigation into several prominent college basketball programs. College players will also be allowed representation as soon as their seasons end if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

As these rule changes pertain directly to the Longhorns, this could impact the program in a few areas. The current rule only permits players to maintain eligibility if they withdraw from the draft 10 days after the National Basketball Association combine, while those who take part in the combine and go undrafted are left with the G League or the prospect of playing overseas. The announcement that USA Basketball would determine which players would be permitted to hire agents apparently "blindsided" both that organization, who are not viewed as prepared to handle such a responsibility.

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

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.

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. The NCAA also suggested that there will be an agreement coming out of talks with apparel companies for "accountability and transparency regarding their involvement in youth basketball".

The rule changes are a part of the NCAA's reforms in response to the college hoops corruption scandal.

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

No schools were mentioned, but two Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, one in September and another in April, have identified recruiting practices that violate NCAA rules involving prospects who wound up at several schools, including Kansas.

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