Duke and the NCAA are investigating whether an NCAA recruiting rule was violated when coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly offered a scholarship to a recruit during a summer tournament.
The scholarship offer to five-star prospect Alex Poythress came on Tuesday night, after Poythress’ AAU team was eliminated from the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla.
NCAA rules prevent coaches from contacting players before they are finished playing in tournaments. While the Georgia Stars were indeed eliminated from the Super Showcase, they were still in Orlando for the AAU Nationals. Players have to be dispersed from the team in order for a coach to talk to them.
I know this sounds minor and tick-tacky to some, but come on, can Coach K really say he did not know this was a violation? Especially when a coach contacting a recruit during an AAU tournament is a blatant and obvious violation. It's time the NCAA starts to bring the hammer down a little harder. Then coaches would think twice before trying to gain an unfair advantage by breaking the rules.
I'm curious to hear Coach K's rebuttal to this. My guess is he pleads ignorant to the rule.