NCAA makes rule change, allows basketball players to have agent

photo by: Nick Krug

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins flashes a wide smile after getting a bucket with seconds left to life the Jayhawks over Texas Tech 64-63 on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. At right is Kansas forward Perry Ellis.

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

The NCAA will now allow “elite” high school and college players to be represented by an agent, while also allowing players to return to school if not selected in the NBA Draft. “Elite” players that go undrafted must notify their athletic director about returning to school by 5 p.m. Monday following the draft.

“Elite” high school prospects will be identified by USA Basketball. Those select players can be represented by an agent beginning July 1 before their senior year in high school, pending the end to the one-and-done rule.

In addition, there have also been changes to the current recruiting rules.

Student-athletes can now take up to 15 official visits, which begins Aug. 1 before their junior year. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year.

Coaches, meanwhile, can attend the NBPA Top 100 camp, high school events during the last two weeks of June and development camps (NCAA/USAB/NBPA) in late July. Coaches will only be allowed to attend one youth basketball event in early July.


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