ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski rips NCAA for changing rules without consulting National Basketball Association

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Moreover, with the level that head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has recruited at in recent years, the Horns could see these rule changes impact more immensely talented commits to the program. The NBA's current rules require USA players to be 19 years old and one year removed from high school, which has led to many elite high school players using college basketball as a one-year waypoint before turning pro.

The NCAA made a major announcement on Wednesday morning when they unveiled new rules regarding basketball players entering the NBA Draft.

The agents can cover minimal costs, such as meals and travel expenses related to gauging interest in professional opportunities. High school prospects can be represented by an agent starting July 1, prior to their senior year, if they're classified as "elite" by USA Basketball.

Kentucky coach John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rule changes on SportsCenter, said, "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the players' association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022, so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this".

The reforms also call for more transparency around amateur events and hold university presidents and chancellors accountable for noncompliance within the athletic department.

Schools would be required to provided tuition, fees and books assistance to players who left early and wanted to return to school within 10 years.

The belief in National Basketball Association circles is that the earliest such a change would go into effect is for the 2021 draft. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college. However, it's also not appropriate for the NCAA to impede that pursuit, and some of these rules have previously been so outdated that they interfered with making the best decisions. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm those details, which could apply to the current corruption case with federal investigators having access to information through subpoenas and wiretaps - tools the NCAA doesn't possess.

Agents will have at least a limited place within the NCAA structure when it comes to college basketball.

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