Connecticut Huskies freshman point guard Ryan Boatright will sit out of competition while the UConn and the NCAA review his eligibility, according to a release from the school. The concern is not related to academics.
The 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago will continue to practice with the team, but will not play when the Huskies suit up for an exhibition against AIC on Nov. 4, UConn's first contest since winning the 2011 National Championship. Boatright will be held out of competition until the matter is resolved.
The Huskies are counting on the Boatright -- ranked by ESPN.com as the 74th best recruit in the 2011 class -- to spell Shabazz Napier as a reserve point guard this season. UConn's success will depend a great deal on replacing the point guard production it lost from the departed Kemba Walker, who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.