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"Elite" high school prospects will be identified by USA Basketball.

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.

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.

College basketball players who participate in the NBA combine and go undrafted will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal. This change depends on cooperation with the NBA and NBA Players Association. Athletes can also take five beyond October 15 after their high school graduation.

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All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school. The current rule only permits players to maintain eligibility if they withdraw from the draft 10 days after the National Basketball Association combine, while those who take part in the combine and go undrafted are left with the G League or the prospect of playing overseas.

Missing in the NCAA's package of rule changes is anything to do with pay for players, a wish from many in the college sports community and the inspiration for a multitude of opinion pieces over the years. These changes will also make the NCAA investigations and infractions process more efficient, setting stronger penalties for schools or individuals who violate NCAA rules to deter future violations and bringing independent investigators to the table to make decisions and enforce rules. A new NCAA fund will help pay these expenses for schools unable to meet those requirements.

Some of the changes go into effect immediately. There will also be longer postseason bans, head coach suspensions and increased recruiting restrictions for college coaches who break the rules.


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