Ryan Boatright suspended pending eligibility review

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source: AP

UConn’s back court depth may take a hit as it appears Ryan Boatright will be held out of athletic competition pending a review of his eligibility. The statement from the school:

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 key piece of information is that this suspension is “not related to academics”. Its November second. That a bad thing to have come out at this point in the year. UConn’s first exhibition game of the season is tonight against American.

Without Boatright, UConn’s back court looks incredibly thin. Shabazz Napier would be the only point guard on the roster that’s not a walk-on. Jeremy Lamb and Niels Giffey would be the two off-guards, and both of them are closer to being small forwards than they are point guards.

Would assistant coach Kevin Ollie be able to suit up?

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.