by Dave Spahn / @davespahn

Reports have begun to surface about the eligibility of UConn freshman Ryan Boatright. According to a USA Today report, the NCAA has launched an investigation on Boatright’s eligibility. Boatright, the former 2011 Mr. Basketball winner in Illinois, will not compete in tonight’s exhibition game against American International and will only be allowed to practice until the NCAA reaches a verdict on his eligibility. Boatright’s eligibility issue is not academic-related, which means improper benefits and his amateurism are most likely the topics of discussion.

Boatright, center Andre Drummond, and wing DeAndre Daniels make up one of the top classes in college basketball for the 2011 class. UConn takes a hit to the depth of their bench with Boatright sitting out. Jim Calhoun will need to heavily rely on returning guards Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier until a decision on Boatright is made.