Boatright's Eligibility Under Review

Connecticut freshman guard Ryan Boatright did not play in Wednesday night's exhibition game against American International College. UConn has announced that Boatright's eligibility is being reviewed and he will be held out of competition until the joint review by UConn and the NCAA is complete. It is believed the matter is related to an AAU matter.

The exact reason for the review was not released by the school. UConn said it is not related to academics.

Sources said the review is focused on Boatright's AAU associations. Boatright was on the bench in street clothes during the first exhibition game of the season for the defending national champions.

Boatright played two years on an AAU team coached by Reggie Rose, the brother of Bulls guard Derrick Rose. During his one season at Memphis, Derrick Rose had several eligibility issues.

Boatright is from Aurora, Ill., and originally committed as eighth grader to Southern California and then-coach Tim Floyd. Boatright withdrew that commitment and then committed to Bob Huggins at West Virginia last fall. He pulled out of that commitment when the Mountaineers recruited another point guard and eventually settled on UConn this summer.

The Elgin Courier News of Aurora, Ill., contacted Boatright's mother, Tanesha, Wednesday morning, but she said she didn't know what had prompted the review and declined comment.

"We don't have the slightest idea," Ryan's grandfather, Tom Boatright, told the Courier News. "Ryan is upset about it, naturally. He wants to be playing but we've told him to trust in God. … We're just hoping for the best and need to let the NCAA do their job."

Here is the press release issued Wednesday morning by Kyle Muncy, UConn assistant director of athletics for communications:

"STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut men's basketball freshman Ryan Boatright will be held out of intercollegiate competition while the school works cooperatively with the NCAA in a review of his eligibility, a review that is not related to academics.

Boatright will continue to practice with the team and may sit on the bench during games, but will not dress or see action while the joint review takes place.

The University and Athletic Department will not be making any further comment during this ongoing process."


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