HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut freshman Ryan Boatright is being held out of competition while the school and the NCAA investigate his eligibility.
UConn declined to disclose Wednesday what the issue is, but said it is not related to academics.
Boatright will continue to practice with the team and will be allowed to sit on the bench during games, but will not dress or play until the investigation is complete.
The 6-foot point guard, who won the team's slam dunk competition during its annual First Night celebration, was expected to see a lot of playing time this year as a backup for sophomore Shabazz Napier.
The defending national champions open their exhibition schedule Wednesday night with a game against American International, coach Jim Calhoun's alma mater.