Indiana University’s top-ranked men’s basketball team will start its season without two freshmen after Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were each suspended nine games for receiving impermissible benefits before enrolling at the school.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association said the players’ Amateur Athletic Union coach, Mark Adams, provided them with a combined $14,000 in airline tickets, meals, housing, clothing, a laptop computer and a mobile phone.
While the NCAA said players were qualified to receive the benefits from the non-profit organization to help cover their travel documentation and transportation to the U.S., the violation occurred because Adams is considered an Indiana booster as he’s been connected with the school’s basketball program. The Indianapolis Star said Adams’s ex-wife donated $185 to Indiana from 1986-92, before either player was born.
Jurkin, a 7-foot center from South Sudan, must repay $250 to a charity of his choice to be reinstated while Mosquera- Perea, a 6-foot-8 forward from Colombia, has to pay back about $1,590, the NCAA said in its e-mailed statement.
Indiana, the No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 college basketball poll for the first time in 33 years, opens its regular season schedule on Nov. 9 at home against Bryant University.
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