INDIANAPOLIS (AP) College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal.
March12,2016: Tournament MVP Kansas Jayhawks guard Devonte' Graham (4) celebrates with the fans and the game well in hand during the NCAA Big 12 Championship Men's Basketball championship game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas Jayhawks at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Kendall Shaw/CSM
The NCAA announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors adopted a "series of significant policy and legislative changes, setting in motion actions to change the structure of the NCAA fundamentally."
The changes reflect the recommendations made in April by the Rice Commission and will target summer recruiting camps, agent access for players and stiffer penalties for rule breakers.
The Rice Commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in response to an FBI investigation into payments from shoe companies to coaches for steering players to certain schools.
Another big change allows agents to represent elite high school basketball recruits and players. There is some criticism in how the "elite" status will be determined. Under the rule, agents representing these athletes must be certified by the NCAA.