Pac-12 suggests sweeping college basketball reforms

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2018

End "One and Done", and Preserve Eligibility of Athletes Who Are Drafted but Don't Sign: The Conference calls on the National Basketball Association to end "one and done" by dropping its ban on drafting athletes directly from high school, and at the same time refrain from drafting those players who do choose college until three years after their high school graduation. College baseball has long had a similar agreement with Major League Baseball. The Conference believes that this will reduce the incentives to engage in behavior that violates NCAA rules, enable those who have the opportunity to play in the National Basketball Association after high school to do so, and help ensure that those young people who come to college genuinely want to engage as students.

The recommendations were contained in a 50-page report available at Pac-12.com/taskforce and approved unanimously by Pac-12 presidents and chancellors on Saturday.

The report has been sent to the NCAA commission being chaired by former Secretary of State and Stanford provost Condoleezza Rice, which is looking into the same issues.

"College basketball is really a fantastic sport". Louisville coach Rick Pitino was sacked after his program was reported to be part of the investigation. In February, Yahoo Sports obtained documents that identified current and former players and family members, casting suspicion on numerous schools.

That number will increase this summer, as Arizona freshman center and Pac-12 Player of the Year Deandre Ayton is rated by ESPN as the top incoming draft prospect. Miller called the report "completely false and defamatory" and continued to coach the team after sitting out one game.

The Pac-12 task force also urged that the NCAA change its rule to allow a drafted athlete to retain his college eligibility if - with the advice of an agent - he declines to sign.

Over the past five seasons, all nine National Basketball Association draft lottery picks from the Pac-12 were freshmen, including three top 10 picks last season: Markelle Fultz (Washington), Lonzo Ball (UCLA) and Lauri Markkanen (Arizona).

Additionally, the Pac-12 recommended establishing an enforcement agency outside the NCAA both investigate rules violations and establish penalties.

The recommended reforms "will help preserve the integrity of collegiate basketball and provide the choice, education and protection that our student-athletes deserve", Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. In the interest of reducing the influence of shoe companies in the recruitment process, the conference also suggested prohibiting coaches from recruiting at "non-scholastic events" in the spring and summer.

Full disclosure of contracts between coaches and universities and shoe and apparel companies.

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