The changes also include allowing a player to return to school if undrafted, but only if he sought the NBA advisory evaluation and participated in the scouting combine - a number that NCAA senior vice president of men's basketball Dan Gavitt said would be "very limited in scope".
Another big change allows agents to represent elite high school basketball recruits and players. Some are immediate, while others first require action from other agencies - such as the National Basketball Association changing the age limit for draft-eligible players that has fueled the wave of "one and done" at the college level.
The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020.
Division I schools will be required to pay tuition, fees and books for basketball players who leave school and return to the same school to complete their degree. Among them: The players most in need of representation and having to go back to school would be ones who weren't selected for the combine, and in some situations, players seeking to return to school will find their scholarship slots filled by someone else. While that appears to be the direction the league and union are headed, discussions are centered on the 2022 draft as the earliest date for that change to go into effect. The NCAA plans to pursue more rigorous certification requirements to ensure transparency in operations and finances.
The statement also confirmed the ultimate responsibility for rules compliance rests not with the head coach and/or athletic director, but university administration: "University presidents and chancellors will be personally accountable for their athletics program following the rules". Agents often get a bad rap as pragmatists and manipulators; they serve a necessary and appropriate role in this process.
College students are able to have agents effective immediately.