Once Findlay Prep’s flight landed in Kentucky, however, they found out that because of an NCAA ruling, the tournament would be not in 23,000-seat Rupp, but at Lexington Christian, whose gym holds 1,500.
“It was a little disappointing,” Findlay Prep assistant coach Todd Simon said. “The ruling came down real late.”
The event at Rupp Arena is one of several that had to be hastily rescheduled this season because of NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124, which was proposed in 2009 and adopted in April. The rule says a Division I school isn’t allowed to host, sponsor or conduct a nonscholastic basketball practice or competition. The concern is a nonscholastic promoter could sway a high school athlete to attend a college by allowing the athlete to play on a college court.
The ruling doesn’t affect state tournament games at college arenas because the organizers are state associations considered scholastic entities by the NCAA.
Last weekend, Butler had to cancel a 12-team high school event organized by Compton Strategies at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse. Another Compton event involving 34 teams at Indiana’s Assembly Hall in January has already been nixed . The “Clash at Cameron,” originally scheduled at Duke this weekend, has been moved to Fayetteville, N.C., and renamed “Clash in Carolina.”
The centerpiece game in the tournament, matching Super 25 teams, No. 3 Simeon (Chicago) and No. 13 Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, has been canceled.
“Our kids were disappointed we weren’t playing at Duke, but we were still committed to playing in the event,” said Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford. “Playing Simeon at Duke was the cornerstone to our schedule. I can understand the NCAA’s point of view, but I don’t agree with it.”
The Super Hoops New Year’s Classic, scheduled for Purdue’s Mackey Arena, probably will move to Jefferson High in Lafayette, Ind.
“This rule makes no sense,” Super Hoops organizer Jim Fouts said in an email to TheIndianapolis Star. “College coaches can run their summer shootouts and bring in over 60 varsity school teams and run a team camp, but we can’t have 12 teams come for one day and play six games.”
For Findlay Prep’s Simon, the NCAA might be seeing a conspiracy where there is none.
“For a school like Kentucky, having a high school event is more a pain in the butt than an advantage,” Simon said. “Plus, I don’t think any of these organizers are getting rich off the events. Playing at a college site is a good experience for the kids, a lot of whom aren’t ever going to play at a Division I school.”
Anderson arrested: Retired NBA point guard Kenny Anderson, coaching basketball at David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie, Fla., has been charged in Miramar, Fla., with leaving the scene of an accident, police said. Anderson, 41, was arrested late Sunday after crashing into two trees and walking away, Miramar police said in a report. He was briefly jailed before posting bond. Anderson left a bar before crashing his SUV, and a Pembroke Pines police officer went to his home and advised him to return to the scene, the report said. Anderson was not charged with driving under the influence, Miramar police said. The school had no comment on the incident.