On Wednesday, the NCAA announced sweeping changes to several college basketball rules in the wake of an FBI investigation into its recruiting practices. Among the big changes: Elite prospects–a designation to be determined by USA Basketball and the NCAA–will be allowed to sign with an agent in high school or college, while players who aren’t drafted out of the NBA combine can return to the school they played at to further their education. In another big move, school presidents and chancellors will now be responsible for making sure athletic departments abide by NCAA guidelines. ESPN reports the NBA and USA Basketball were reportedly “blindsided with timing and changes,” with the latter group not necessarily willing or able to be the entity defining elite prospects.
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