The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Wednesday in a joint statement with The Commission on College Basketball it will adopt “a series of bold legislative, policy and structures” by the 2018-19 season.
NCAA went live on Periscope at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, to share the Commission’s public conference of legislative recommendations.
According to the NCAA’s summary statement, the action taken will create “realistic pathways for student-athlete success”, “establish professional neutral investigation and adjudication of serious infractions…,” and mitigate “non-scholastic basketball’s harmful influence on college basketball.”
In other words, the legislation, if passed, will end One-and-Done, the reference to student-athletes who participate in college basketball for one year and then declare for the NBA draft.
In addition, student-athletes would be allowed to test pro prospects while maintaining college eligibility while in the past, such actions would have been considered illegal according to the NCAA handbook.
In terms of investigation, the Commission stated the NCAA establish an investigative body to enact and impose values and core punishments to student-athletes and coaches who violate sponsorship ruling.
The NCAA tweeted on Wednesday, “The [NCAA] Board of Directions will… determine the appropriate next steps.”
NCAA President Mark Emmert publicly announced, “This is about more than basketball. This is about the culture and future of college sports. We all will work together to get it right.”
What does this mean for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s basketball program?
While the Ragin’ Cajun Basketball program does not have a history of multiple One-and-Done student-athletes, it would restrain any in the future. In addition, an investigative body would have strict watch of the program and the internal student-athlete benefits.
Jacob Broussard, senior guard for the Ragin’ Cajuns, said he liked the idea of ending One-and-Done.
“I fully support it because it really is all about the degree. It’s important to create a pathway to at least have guys getting farther in their degree so maybe they’ll actually finish out one day,” he said. “I like that the NCAA recognizes that and wants to revamp its core values.”
Luke Doyle, a senior guard at Stetson University, said he thinks its unrealistic for the NCAA to delay draft-eligible basketball players.
“As a guy who is trying to play professionally, I don’t like that the NCAA wants to hold the guys in school who are fully capable of immediate success in the league,” Doyle said. “I understand the importance of a degree for career purposes, but if [a player is] blessed with the ability to be a professional athlete then the Commission should want him to succeed, right?”
According to the website, the Commission of College basketball was created as a result of a 2017 FBI investigation into arrests of 10 individuals, including four assistant coaches for violation of rules.
“Let us never forget our duty to the students we are here to serve,” said Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Stanford University Provost and current Commission President, in her closing statement.