Basketball student athletes can now take up 10 official visits between Aug.1 of their junior year and October 15 after their high school graduation: five as a junior and five as senior, according to the NCAA.
College players who declare early for the National Basketball Association draft but are not selected will have the option of returning to school, provided the National Basketball Association makes an expected rule change about draft eligibility, according to the NCAA. 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.
The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020.
The NCAA will also allow agents to pay for a student athlete's expenses related to the agent selection process or are associated with meetings with the agent or a pro team. Previously, players who hired an agent lost their eligibility.
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In addition to recruiting calendar changes and increases to the number of official visits recruits can make to schools, the NCAA has developed a form of subpoena power it previously lacked, requiring all school presidents, chancellors and athletic department members to contractually comply with all investigations.
The policies adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Council include the appointment of independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases.
After an FBI investigation found in September that several Division I college basketball coaches were implicated in recruiting bribery, the NCAA wanted to change up some rules to safeguard themselves from ever having to clean up this mess again.
The changes also allow the NCAA to accept during investigations outside information that has been "established by another administrative body or a commission authorized by a school". Coaches and athletics staff must now also report any income over $600 from a source outside the school, such as an apparel company.