NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents

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Highlights include allowing elite high school and college players to sign agents to help them with the choices for their future as is available in sports including baseball and hockey. While that may seem like a big deal on its face, the fact that it's. For instance, student-athletes can make up to five official visits during their junior year of high school and another five visits during their senior year.

The NCAA announced a series of policy changes regarding their rules for student athletes on Wednesday following the ongoing FBI Investigation into several prominent college basketball programs. College players will also be allowed representation as soon as their seasons end if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year.

Emmert said the NCAA would continue to work with the NBA, National Basketball Players Association, apparel companies and USA Basketball to come up with more solutions, according to ESPN.

This new rule aims to help highly touted high school players "make informed decisions about going pro".

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules. The NCAA would establish a fund to help schools that financially would struggle to meet this requirement. "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines".

The rule changes are a part of the NCAA's reforms in response to the college hoops corruption scandal.

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