Duke looking into possible basketball recruiting violation
Posted July 30, 2011
Updated August 1, 2011
Duke University is looking into whether head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski committed an NCAA violation.
CBSSports.com reports Krzyzewski offered a scholarship to 2012 recruit Alex Poythress while the 6-foot-7 forward from Tennessee was at an AAU tournament in Orlando, Fla., with his team, the Georgia Stars.
The contact that occurred between Krzyzewsi and Poythress before the end of the tournament would violate NCAA Rule 126.96.36.199.
That rule states, “Contact is prohibited from the time the prospective student-athlete reports for competition until he/she has been released from competition by the appropriate authority.”
It is not a violation that Krzyzewski was in attendance according to the NCAA rules which state specifically on the issue: “During the summer evaluation period, a member of an institution's basketball coaching staff may attend non-institutional, non-organized events (e.g., pick-up games), institutional basketball camps per Bylaw 188.8.131.52 and non-institutional organized events (e.g., camps, leagues, tournaments and festivals)…”
In a statement released Saturday, Duke Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations & Public Affairs Jon Jackson said, “In all rules matters brought to our attention, the Duke Compliance Department exercises due diligence in determining the relevant facts of a given situation. Proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke Athletics.”
According to multiple recruiting sources, Poythress is considering the Florida, Kentucky, Memphis and Vanderbilt, as well as Duke, among others. ESPN has Poythress listed as the No. 17 overall national recruit, Rivals.com has him listed at No. 38, CBSSports.com at No. 15 and Scout.com has him ranked No. 13 overall.
Poythress was pleased when approached by Krzyzewski, telling CBSCports.com, "It was pretty exciting to talk to Coach K. He said he saw me play at the Super Showcase and Peach Jam, and he liked what he saw.”
Poythress says he is still weighing all of his nearly a dozen offers and will cut his list of choices in a week or two.