NCAA Rule Changes Reportedly 'Blindsided' the NBA and USA Basketball

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA and USA Basketball were “blindsided” by the NCAA’s decision to announce rule changes without seeking approval from the league.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the NBA and USA Basketball felt "blindsided" by the rule changes unveiled by the NCAA on Wednesday. The reform is highlighted by the NCAA’s decision to allow "elite" high school seniors to have an agent while giving college athletes an opportunity to return to school if they go undrafted.

Student-athletes have more freedom and flexibility to decide about going pro or getting a college education, and they can receive financial assistance if they leave school early and wish to return later to finish their degree.

— NCAA (@NCAA) August 8, 2018

The organization points out that the USAB would be responsible for determining which players should given an “elite” designation. However, the USAB reportedly doesn’t have the "desire or infrastructure" to make the type of evaluations that should be left in the hands of the NBA.

Few are pleased w/ NCAA's handling of release. USA Basketball and the NBA were blindsided w/ NCAA dictating USAB would decide which HS players could eventually hire agents. USAB doesn't have desire or infrastructure for those evaluations. If anyone has that expertise, it's NBA.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 8, 2018

A USA Basketball official informed ESPN NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony that the NCAA has yet to discuss these changes with them, or seek their approval. Despite claims made in their initial release, it appears the “elite” designation will be handled by the NCAA with the USAB taking it from there. 

A USA Basketball official informed me they haven't had any substantive conversations at this stage about these changes, nor have they given their approval. It sounds like the NCAA will be designating who is considered an elite prospect. USAB will then run their camp for them.

— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) August 8, 2018

With people already poking holes in the NCAA’s changes, it’s evident that they needed more people with different perspectives at the table who could help fine-tune this supposed approach to helping student-athletes.

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