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Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

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The NCAA made a major announcement on Wednesday morning when they unveiled new rules regarding basketball players entering the NBA Draft.

For players to take advantage of this change, they would need to declare for the draft, request an undergraduate advisory committee evaluation from the National Basketball Association and be invited to participate in the National Basketball Association combine.

If the NBA allows high school students to enter its draft, elite high school senior basketball players (as determined by United States of America basketball) will be allowed to sign with an agent.

The agents can cover minimal costs, such as meals and travel expenses related to gauging interest in professional opportunities.

Other changes imply there will be tougher penalties for infractions: "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines", the statement read.

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The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020.

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

Division I schools are now also bound to pay for tuition, fees and books for those players who left school and later returned to earn their degree, provided the player was on scholarship, fewer than 10 years have passed since leaving school and the player had been enrolled in the school for at least two years.

Last month in Las Vegas, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, "My personal view is that we're ready to make that change, [but] that it won't come immediately". Coaches will be able to attend an NBA Players Association top 100 camp in June. The NCAA plans to pursue more rigorous certification requirements to ensure transparency in operations and finances.

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. The NCAA is establishing a fund to assist schools in this endeavor. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm information outlined by other agencies or outside investigations. The NCAA will also add public members to its Board of Governors. "I think the changes we've adopted. will have a positive impact on college basketball and more importantly perhaps on the student-athletes that compete in collegiate basketball".

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