NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

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College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects.

Several NBA officials were surprised over the presumptive and premature nature of the NCAA's rules changes, which assumed that the NBA and NBPA will abandon the one-and-done college rule and allow high school players into the NBA draft. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's. 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.

Rice said the vast majority of schools play by the rules but a "win at all cost" approach by others who have been inadequately punished must be changed.

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.

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All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school. Athletes can also take five beyond October 15 after their high school graduation.

- Division I schools will be required to pay for tuition and related expenses for men's and women's basketball players who leave school and return later to earn their degree. They can also attend events during the last two weekends in June but only if the event sare approved by the Nation Federation of State High School Associations, organized by groups affiliated with high schools, and occur at a middle school, high school or college.

If coaches and staff are making any money off an outside company - like an "apparel company" - they will have to report that to their schools, too.

The statement also confirmed the ultimate responsibility for rules compliance rests not with the head coach and/or athletic director, but university administration: "University presidents and chancellors will be personally accountable for their athletics program following the rules".

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