Freshman forward Kuran Iverson wasn’t expecting his first year in college basketball to start off on a bad note. Well, it is going to happen as he has been suspended for the Tigers’ season opener against Austin Peay on Nov. 14. His suspension comes as no surprise as he played in a unauthorized summer league game in Hartford, Conn.
The NCAA committee felt that Iverson was out of bounds on this one and punishment, in their eyes, was necessary. Apparently Iverson played in the Hartford Pro AM after he participated in the Bluff City Classic in Memphis. The NCAA only allow players to play in summer league games in either their hometown or close to their school, but not both.
Iverson will be allowed to play in the Tigers’ exhibition game on Nov. 8 against Christian Brothers at the FedEx Forum. After that, Iverson will not return until the Tigers get ready to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Nov. 19 in Stillwater, TX. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 13 in the country, but the Cowboys are not too far away as they are ranked No. 19 in the country.
Josh Pastner made short comments on the situation.
“We self-reported it and that’s it. He’ll sit against Austin Peay and be back for Oklahoma State. Very simple,” said Pastner. “He assumed he could play in the Hartford summer league because it was in his backyard, in his neighborhood, and he grew up watching the league. He didn’t think anything would be against it.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.