New college basketball rules unveiled - but do they fix anything?

New college basketball rules unveiled - but do they fix anything?

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

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

"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.

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.

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.

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

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Wednesday, the NCAA announced basketball players will have more freedom and flexibility about their status, including allowing undrafted players to return to school.

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.

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.

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules.

Considering all the off the court drama that has occurred in the college hoops landscape over the past two years, these new rules do seem like steps in the right direction.

The changes also allow the NCAA to accept during investigations outside information that has been "established by another administrative body or a commission authorized by a school".

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