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NBA, USA Basketball Reportedly “Blindsided” by Proposed NCAA Rule Changes

The NCAA’s proposed rule changes regarding pro basketball prospects are interesting, to say the least. However, at least one major problem with the new rules exists: neither the NBA nor USA Basketball is on board, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NCAA recently announced that, in an effort to eliminate the rampant corruption in college basketball, it will adopt rules allowing elite senior high school prospects to sign with registered agents. Under the said rule, USA Basketball would be in charge of deciding who is deemed “elite.”

The problem is, USA Basketball reportedly lacks both the interest and the infrastructure to perform such a task. Instead, they would prefer to defer the responsibility to the NBA, who already oversees the invitation process to the pre-draft combine and Portsmouth Invitational camps every spring, making the league more qualified to carry out the decision-making process.

Though the NBA, NCAA and USA Basketball have been discussing potential changes, a consensus between the three bodies has reportedly not been reached.

According to ESPN, NBA officials were surprised at the NCAA’s announcement, as the rule change implies the end of the one-and-done rule, something that is not expected to take place until 2022 at the earliest.

Kentucky coach John Calipari acknowledged that much work still lays ahead.

“None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the players’ association come up with something, and I’m hearing it won’t be until 2022, so we’re probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this.”

“There’s a lot of stuff that needs to be worked out.”


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