Boatright Reinstated

Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, held out of the last three games while the NCAA and the university reviewed his eligibility for the second time this season, has been reinstated and will play Sunday against Notre Dame (XL Center, noon).

UConn was informed of the decision Saturday afternoon and released a short statement. According to a source, Boatright participated in practice Saturday but did so without knowledge of his reinstatement.

UConn received notification of the second review on Jan. 13 and the school decided to hold him out of games to avoid any possibility of forfeiting victories. Boatright was allowed to practice with the team but did not play in the victory at Notre Dame or losses to Cincinnati and Tennessee.

In the release, UConn said there would be no further comment on this matter.

Boatright missed two exhibition games and was penalized by being suspended by the NCAA for the first six games of the season for receiving an "improper benefit" during his high school career when he played AAU basketball. Sources have said he accepted a plane ticket from AAU coach Reggie Rose. That ticket was worth between $300 and $400.

According to reports, an ex-boyfriend of Boatright's mother, Tanesha Boatright, informed the NCAA of the plane ticket and also contacted the organization with the information that led to the recent review. Tanesha Boatright's finances, including her bank statements, were reportedly reviewed by the NCAA, according to the New York Times.

Boatright is averaging 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 10 games.

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