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NCAA will allow undrafted basketball players to return to their schools, 'elite' players to have agents

NCAA will allow undrafted basketball players to return to their schools, 'elite' players to have agents

Some of the NCAA’s long-standing restrictions that have kept a firm line between amateur and professional athletes are no more.

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.

Among the changes is the reversal of a rule that has long separated amateur from pro athletes.

Pending approval by the NBA and National Basketball Players Association, high school basketball players deemed “elite” by USA Basketball are allowed to hire an agent as soon...

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