There are new criteria for draft-eligible agents.

The NCAA has made it more difficult for agents who want to represent NBA draft-eligible prospects by implementing a certification program. That new program went into effect immediately.

Prospective agents will now be required to have a bachelor’s degree, by NBPA certified for at least three consecutive years and in good standing, maintain professional liability insurance, and submit their application prior to September 30.

Once they have fulfilled the prerequisites then all candidates must go through an application process that includes disclosing conflicts of interest, a background check, a non-refundable fee, and an in-person exam.

"Men's basketball student-athletes who are considering careers in professional basketball but who may want to return to school are only permitted to accept permissible agent services from NCAA-certified agents with a signed agent agreement," according to a memo from the NCAA that was obtained by The Athletic.

"It is important to remember that a men's basketball student-athlete cannot enter into an agent agreement until after his team's season has concluded, and the student-athlete has requested an evaluation from the NBA undergrad advisory committee."

Under all of these rules it would preclude Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group from being eligible to represent athletes looking to test the draft waters because he doesn’t have a bachelor’s or law degree.

The NCAA has denied that their actions are directed at Paul and claim that they are “protecting the eligibility of their client athletes,” according to the memo.

Many fans believe that the NCAA is trying to keep Paul and other black agents out of the profession by placing barriers in their way, including many inner circle and family agents from representing the athletes they are connected to and becoming successful.

The new restrictions come along with a wider loosening of the rules regarding agents in the NCAA. The organization that oversees collegiate sports recently announced that basketball players would be allowed to retain the services of an agent, an act that would have once put their eligibility to play collegiate basketball at risk.