Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 3:28 pm  |  5 responses

NCAA Suspends Kansas Guard Naadir Tharpe

by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

Bill Self will be without his starting point guard…for one game.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe, a junior who averaged 5.5 points and 3.1 assists per game for the Jayhawks last season, won’t suit up for the Jayhawks when they kick off their season next Friday against Louisiana Monroe.

According to the NCAA, Tharpe played in an unsanctioned summer league game in Chicago, which is a violation of NCAA rules. While players are allowed to play in summer league games, the game must be played near their school or hometown. Tharpe is a native of Massachusetts.

From ESPN:

Kansas coach Bill Self said after a 97-57 exhibition victory over Pittsburg State on Tuesday night that the school self-reported the violation. Tharpe will be allowed to play in next week’s exhibition finale against Fort Hays State before serving his suspension.

Tharpe did play last night against Pittsburgh State, starting at point guard in the Jayhawks’ 40-point victory. Tharpe scored 7 points and dished out 9 assists in 23 minutes of play.

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  • i_ball

    Can somebody this rule to me?

  • NickDePaula

    The NCAA doesn’t want players playing in games in which they don’t make the money. That’s pretty much all there is to it. The NBA has a similar rule against participating in unsanctioned summer games for its players, but it’s fairly interesting that the NCAA can have the same requirements for its “amateurs.”

  • aldisiij367

    My Uncle Ian recently got an almost new yellow Infiniti M Sedan by working parttime from a computer… he has a good point w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • Dfrance

    They don’t make money off of players playing in summer league games “near their school or hometown”, so while I agree with the overall sentiment of the NCAAs greed, the rule is flat out dumb.

  • Dfrance

    The ONLY thing I can think of is that they don’t want to create a situation where an amateur player is travelling across the country to play in summer league games because it will create situations in which said player might accept gifts and benefits outside of their amateur status.

    I’m sure the people that run the Rucker Park league in New York would love to have Jabari Parker and Wiggins suit up, and can probably find a way to foot the bill for the trip, and thats when the real violations start.

    Thats all very convoluted tho.