Now Boatright won't be playing.
For the second time in his short UConn career, the school and the NCAA are reviewing his eligibility. That means Boatright must be held out of games – again. Boatright was suspended for the first six games of the UConn season and also was held out of two exhibition games. That penalty was for receiving improper benefits, dating back to his participation with an AAU team while he was in high school, reportedly a plane ticket worth approximately $300.
Boatright is from Aurora, Ill., just outside Chicago. His hometown is about a 90-minute drive from South Bend, and Thursday Boatright told reporters he was looking forward to seeing his family for the first time in weeks.
The Huskies practiced at Gampel Pavilion Friday morning and then traveled to South Bend. A spokesman for UConn said Boatright did accompany the team on the flight.
UConn released this announcement less than five hours after arriving in South Bend.
STORRS, Conn. --- University of Connecticut men's basketball freshman Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) will be held out of intercollegiate competition effective imnmediately while the school works cooperatively with the NCAA in a review of his eligibility.
This development arises from additional information provided by the NCAA that pertains to conditions and events that pre-date the University's relationship with Boatright.
Boatright will not play in Saturday's game at Notre Dame. He 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.
UConn coach Jim Calhoun has been using a nine-player rotation in Big East Conference games. Forward Tyler Olander suffered a bruised right heel against West Virginia Monday night and missed two days of practice. His status for will be determined immediately prior to Saturday's game. He was able to take part in a majority of UConn'S Friday practice.
If Olander is unable to play, that would leave Calhoun with only seven players who are accustomed to Big East play.
Calhoun said he would start Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier, Andre Drummond, DeAndre Daniels and Alex Oriakhi. That would leave Niels Giffey and Roscoe Smith on the bench.