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UConn freshman guard Ryan Boatright was reinstated Saturday by the NCAA and can play Sunday against Notre Dame.
The NCAA issued a press release Saturday detailing what it says were more than $8,000 in impermissible payments given to Boatright and his family by a third party both before and after the guard enrolled at UConn.
Boatright has had to repay $4,500 to a charity.
The freshman served a six-game suspension at the start of the season because of an infraction that involved the acceptance of a plane ticket while he was playing AAU basketball.
Boatright averaged more than 10 points and three assists in the 10 games he played after being reinstated to the team.
UConn was forced to again bench Boatright on Jan. 13 after the NCAA informed the school of another investigation into events that occurred before the guard became involved with UConn.
The news came just before the Huskies were to play at Notre Dame. Boatright, who is from Aurora, Ill. said he had over 400 friends and family in attendance at that game. Coach Jim Calhoun said Boatright cried in his arms when he told him that he could not play.
The No. 24 Huskies (14-5, 4-3 Big East) went 1-2 in the last three games without Boatright, winning at Notre Dame before losing consecutive games to Cincinnati and Tennessee, each by three points.
Boatright has been practicing with the team and is expected to play Sunday when the Huskies host Notre Dame (13-8, 5-3 Big East) at the XL Center in Hartford.
(The AP contributed)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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