However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA. 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.
All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school.
Additionally, the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will allow high school players to take more official visits to colleges, and they've introduced more rigorous certification requirements for summer basketball-related events and high school players can take more official visits to colleges. Under previous rules, players could "test the waters" of National Basketball Association interest, but had to withdraw from draft consideration 10 days after the combine.
The NCAA on Wednesday announced sweeping rule changes for basketball, including allowing players to hire an agent and participate in the NBA Draft, yet still retain eligibility.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last month the league is ready to allow high school players to enter the draft directly again, and it could resume in 2021, while Division I schools will be required to pay tuition, fees and books for players who leave and then return to the same school to complete their degree, through an NCAA-established fund.
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They'll also be allowed to be represented by agents, in college and, for some, as high school prospects.
Missing in the NCAA's package of rule changes is anything to do with pay for players, a wish from many in the college sports community and the inspiration for a multitude of opinion pieces over the years.
Among the changes is the reversal of a rule that has long separated amateur from pro athletes. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines".
"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.