ncaa basketball agent rulesI received a good question from a current NCAA basktball player this week:

“I’m still playing college basketball and i wanted to knew if it’s aginst ncaa rules to go to a an overseas basketball clinic”

I honestly don’t think it is against the rules but I would highly go against it. Depending on what type of basketball clinic it is aimed to serve. Most international basketball clinics are for players looking to play in international teams the following year. Therefore, you will be questioned by many teams and agents which is: AGAINST THE NCAA Rules. If the clinic is for furthering the development of skills and playing against other players for improvement without contact of agents or professional basketball teams it is fine. But I would go against going if the goal is to play professional basketball while having the status of a collegiate athlete as defined in the rules below.


A. General Rule. An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport. Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport. [12.3.1]

E. Tryout After Enrollment. A student-athlete shall not try out with a professional athletics team in a sport or permit a professional athletics team to conduct medical examinations during any part of the academic year (i.e., from the beginning of the fall term through completion of the spring term, including any intervening vacation period) while enrolled in a collegiate institution as a regular student in at least a minimum full-time academic load, unless the student-athlete has exhausted eligibility in that sport. The student-athlete may try out with a professional organization in a sport during the summer or during the academic year while not a full-time student, provided the student-athlete does not receive any form of expenses or other compensation from the professional organization. []

  1. Medical-Examination Exception. A professional league’s scouting bureau is permitted to conduct one medical examination per student-athlete during the academic year without jeopardizing the student-athlete’s eligibility in that sport, provided the examination does not occur off campus. []
  2. Outside Competition/Professional Tryout: A Division I student-athlete with remaining eligibility may compete on an outside team or tryout with a professional team at his or her own expense at the conclusion of the student-athlete’s academic year (i.e., the student-athlete’s last examination of the spring term, as opposed to the institution’s last examination day). [05/29/96 Staff, Item a]

F. Outside Competition Prohibited. During a tryout, an individual may not take part in any outside competition (games or scrimmages) as a representative of a professional team. []

Read all of the rules regarding basketball players and professional tryouts.