New NCAA Basketball Rule Allows Players To Return To School If Undrafted

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The NCAA made a number of rule changes Wednesday that could have an impact on the Kansas men's basketball team.

The NCAA and its member schools are part of the broader higher education community, and today's actions renew our commitment to our core objective - preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity.

Athletes will be allowed more college-paid visits, which can begin as soon as August 1 the summer before their junior year.

Players invited to the annual NBA Draft Combine would also be able to enter the draft and return to school with eligibility intact if they go undrafted.

The NCAA announced several new policies and rules today, including that players will now be allowed to return to school if they declare for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected.

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Included in the announcement was a radical change allowing top high school and college players to hire agents while remaining eligible for college play. On the other hand, those players will be allowed to take more official visits to campuses, which the schools will pay for.

The NCAA, before revealing the amendments that mainly focused on players' rights to agents, failed to inform the two parties affected by the rules, USA Basketball and the NBA, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance.

The group addressed the NCAA, AAU basketball, the NBA and its players' union, for contributing to "a crisis in college basketball (that) is foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility".

The Rice Commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in response to an FBI investigation into payments from shoe companies to coaches for steering players to certain schools.

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