Kentucky self-reported a secondary NCAA violation because of postings on a potential recruit’s MySpace.com Web site, apparently by fans.
The postings on the site of West Virginia high school basketball star Patrick Patterson (above), who just completed his junior year at Huntington High School, tried to entice him to attend Kentucky, WLEX-TV in Lexington reported.
“Fans are not allowed to interact with recruitable student athletes,” Kentucky athletics spokesman Scott Stricklin said Wednesday. “We had to report that to the NCAA.”
Patterson, a 6-foot-8 center, was named the West Virginia Player of the Year this year and led Huntington High to its second straight state title, compiling 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in the championship game. For the regular season, he averaged 14.5 points, 11 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game and has had interest from several Division I colleges.
Matt Sosnick, unavailable for comment.