TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball fans may want to remain buckled up.
The Crimson Tide received word from the NCAA on the eligibility status of 5-star freshman Collin Sexton.
“Collin Sexton will sit out of Friday’s season opener against Memphis to serve a one-game suspension for a violation of NCAA rules,” Alabama athletic director Greg Bryne said in a statement. “He will be eligible for competition in the team’s home opener on Tuesday versus Lipscomb. We appreciate the NCAA’s efforts to reach a timely resolution of his eligibility.”
Sexton did not dress out with the team ahead of the Crimson Tide’s exhibition against Alabama-Huntsville on Monday.
Sexton is expected to start at one of the guard spots for the Crimson Tide this season.
Sexton’s eligibility issues stem from the resignation of former Alabama staff Kobie Baker.
Baker allegedly took part in a bribery scheme where he accepted money to direct a Crimson Tide basketball player to sign with an Atlanta financial adviser after entering the NBA Draft.
The university believes that Baker was involved in a meeting with Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, one of the four assistants who were arrested in September by the FBI, and advisor Rashan Michel. The FBI complaint does not name Baker, just as “staff member.”
At the meeting, it is alleged that Michel was given $10,000 to give to “staff member.” Also involved in the meeting was the “father of a highly regarded incoming freshman” from the Atlanta area, assumed to be Sexton.