NCAA: Draft prospects to be represented by an agent; undrafted players can return to school

On Wednesday (Aug. 8), the NCAA announced changes that will alter athlete representation, and allow undrafted college basketball players to return to school.

USA Basketball will identify certain NBA Draft prospects as “elite.” Those players will be allowed to seek representation from an agent. Although there’s some confusion about that process, currently.

Prep basketball players would be able to hire an agent starting on July 1 — before their senior year of high school, if the NBA and NCAA allow prep athletes to enter the draft. (It’s early, but that’s something we could see for the 2022 draft.)

Previously, draft prospects that attended the NBA combine had to withdraw from the draft no more than 10 days after the combine.

This year’s combine, which took place May 16-20 in Chicago, featured over a dozen ACC players. Of that group, nine were underclassmen. One player in that group of nine — Duke’s Trevon Duval — went undrafted.

However, undrafted players can return to school now, too, under this circumstance — from the NCAA:

College basketball players who request an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify their athletics director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

Tyus Battle of Syracuse was the last ACC player to decide to return to school this season; his decision fell on May 30 — 10 days after the combine. The 2018 NBA Draft took place on June 21.

(Note: As the NCAA notes in its release, though: this is contingent upon the NBA and the Players Association making an expected to change — undrafted college players who return to school after the draft are ineligible for the NBA until the end of the next college basketball season.)


Worth another note, too

The impetus for these rules changes — other than simply evolution — comes, of course, from the FBI probe into corruption in college basketball. Also factored into the equation, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports: Darius Bazley’s decision to decommit from Syracuse, and go to the G League.


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