University of Memphis forward Kuran Iverson, a highly touted freshman, was suspended by the NCAA for one game due to his participation in a non-sanctioned summer league game in Hartford, Conn.
The penalty was announced by Memphis. Iverson will sit out the Tigers' season opener against Austin Peay on Nov. 14.
The violation occurred because Iverson appeared in the game in his hometown of Hartford after playing in the Bluff City Classic in Memphis. NCAA regulations permit players to participate in summer games close to their home or close to their school, but not both.
"We self-reported it, and that's it," Tigers coach Josh Pastner said, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "He'll sit (against) Austin Peay and be back for Oklahoma State (on Nov. 19 in Stillwater, Okla.). Very simple. He assumed he could (play in the Hartford summer league) because it was in his backyard, in his neighborhood, and he grew up watching the league. He didn't think anything would be against it."
Memphis is ranked No. 13 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll. The Associated Press preseason rankings have yet to be released.