NCAA Calls Penalty On DePaul University’s 8th Grade Recruit Comment

DePaul Athletics Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto

DePaul University came close to being successful at finding someone to help them improve their basketball program for the 2014-2015 school year.  But their potential player, Jahlil Okafor, may never be a member of the team.  The 6 foot 7 inch eighth grader has been approached by DePaul’s interim coach Tracy Webster on numerous occasions, but it wasn’t until DePaul’s athletic director, Jean Lenti Ponsetto, crossed the line with commenting on the player that led to a foul with NCAA rules.

The NCAA has strict rules that recruits are not spoken of until they are a member of the team.  Until the recruit signs on to play in the program, any mention of them is off limits.  But apparently, Ponsetto was a bit overwhelmed with the possibility of him playing for their team and she slipped up and gushed over him saying:

“This is a young guy we’ve been talking with for a long time, and who has been to games and we have a relationship with because his uncle works for the Rosemont Police Department,” Ponsetto said. “I think it’s a prospect who has grown up around DePaul basketball. I think he’s probably a fan and someone who has been a fan for some time, since we have played in Rosemont for the last 30 years.”

Get more details here at the DePaul site.

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