UConn freshman guard Ryan Boatright will be held out of action, starting with Saturday’s game against Notre Dame, as the school and the NCAA review his eligibility. UConn revealed the news with a brief release issued late Friday night.
He was already forced to miss the first six games of the regular season after it was determined he received improper benefits in the form of a plane ticket.
The latest situation comes from, according to UConn, “additional information provided by the NCAA that pertains to conditions and events that pre-date the University’s relationship with Boatright.”
Boatright will continue to practice with the Huskies and will sit on the bench during games. He won’t see any game action until the review is finished, however.
A native of Aurora, Ill., Boatright was particularly excited to play today in South Bend, Ind., as about 400 of his family members and friends were expected to make the short drive from suburban Chicago to see him play.
The news probably came as a shock to all involved, including Boatright himself. He talked on Thursday about how excited he was to be making the trip. And he did indeed travel with the Huskies Friday afternoon as they flew to South Bend.
In the 10 games he’s played since being declared eligible, Boatright has averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds off the bench. His playing time has increased in recent weeks as the Huskies often feature a three-guard lineup on the floor.