Notre Dame Prep reportedly under NCAA investigation

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

High school powerhouse Notre Dame Prep is being investigated by the NCAA, according to parents of former players.

Parents of former players at Notre Dame Prep -- a high school basketball powerhouse -- have confirmed to Yahoo! Sports the NCAA has contacted them in regards to "topics including academic and eligibility issues, financial irregularities and recruiting practices."

Two former players, Sam Cassell Jr., and Myles Davis, were recently declared academically ineligible for the 2012-13 season. Cassell was recruited by Maryland and Davis by Xavier. Cassell is at a Florida junior college, according to the Yahoo! report and Davis is paying his own way at Xavier.

The investigation could carry with it broad-reaching issues regarding eligibility of several Division I basketball players who played for the Fitchberg, Mass.-based school. Long known as a factory for high-level basketball talent, the school claims alumni in the NBA such as Michael Beasley, Derek Caracter and Ryan Gomes.

Cassell's father, Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell, has ripped the NCAA over the ineligibility of his son. He suggested former NDP players took the same courses Sam Cassell Jr. did but were allowed to play their freshman years.

If the investigation uncovers evidence of NCAA rules violations, it could rule the school "not cleared," meaning, it wouldn't count any courses taken at the school as part of the minimum eligibility requirements for players.

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