Statement from NCAA leaders on college basketball reforms

What the new NCAA rules mean for college basketball

What the new NCAA rules mean for college basketball

Among the significant changes that were adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors are allowing elite high school basketball recruits and players to be represented by agents who are certified by the NCAA while still playing; allowing players to enter the NBA draft and return to school if undrafted; introducing more rigorous certification requirements for summer basketball-related events; and longer postseason bans, head coach suspensions and increased recruiting restrictions for college coaches who break the rules.

The NCAA on Wednesday announced sweeping changes regarding college basketball eligibility, agents and other reforms in response to both the FBI investigation into alleged college basketball corruption previous year and the April recommendations by the Commission on College Basketball.

While this will be irrelevant for players like Zion Williamson, Nassir Little, Shareef O'Neal, and Romeo Langford, who have already committed to schools - others high school prospects can soon hire agents in hopes to a swift move to the NBA Draft.

One notable player that may have fallen under this rule this year had it been in place is Trevon Duval, who went undrafted when he declared for the NBA Draft after just one season at Duke.

This new rule aims to help highly touted high school players "make informed decisions about going pro". "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action".

Some of the changes go into effect immediately. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance.

Soon enough, high school players will be able to break into the National Basketball Association without the need to play in college, much like other National Basketball Association stars like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett first entered the league.

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