The NCAA has created requirements for agents to represent college athletes testing the NBA draft waters, as Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com relays. According to the new criteria, agents must:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree.
- Be NBPA certified for at least three seasons.
- Carry professional liability insurance.
- Complete an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis.
- Officially fill out an application.
- Undergo a background check.
Sources tell Borzello that these agents will also be required to agree that they will cooperate with the NCAA in investigations.
Again, this only applies for those agents representing players testing the draft waters, meaning situations in which a prospect can attend the NBA’s draft combine and team workouts and still return to school if he so chooses. This does not apply to agents representing players who officially declare for the draft.
Some have labeled this as the “Rich Paul Rule.” Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green among other players, began working with James a few years after high school and never obtained a degree.