According to Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn, senior co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry will not play for the Crimson this season. Harvard announced in a letter that they are investigating allegations of a school-wide cheating scandal that included approximately 125 undergraduates. SI reports that Casey, Curry, and one other men’s basketball player were involved in the scandal, according to sources. If guilty, the students will be charged with academic dishonesty resulting in a one-year suspension from school.
Casey and Curry could have risked enrolling for the fall semester, taking the risk of being guilty and losing a year of eligibility. It seems as if they will not enroll, and plan to play in 2013-2014.
Casey led the Crimson in scoring last season, averaging 11.4 points per game. Curry led the team in assists, with 5.0 per game. Harvard finished with a 26-4 record, an Ivy League title, a NCAA tournament appearance (first time since 1946) and multiple appearances in the AP Top 25 poll. Without two of their co-captains, the Crimson’s chances of repeating as Ivy League champions got a lot slimmer.
If guilty, here are the top five returning players from last season:
* Statistics are from 2011-2012 season
G: Laurent Rivard: 10.1 points per game, 41% 3-point shooter, 25.8 minutes per game
G: Christian Webster: 4.5 points per game, 16.7 minutes per game
G/F: Wesley Saunders: 3.3 points per game, minutes per game
F: Jonah Travis: 2.4 points per game, 6.5 minutes per game
F: Steve Moundou-Missi: 4.9 points per game, 13.7 minutes per game
Without Casey, Curry and Keith Wright (graduated), the ’12-’13 Harvard Crimson will be very young and un-experienced. It also opens the door for Penn and Princeton, who finished second and third in the Ivy League last season respectively. The Quakers return Miles Cartwright, Henry Brooks, Steve Rennard, and Fran Dougherty from last season. With a strong recruiting class that includes Jamal Lewis and Tony Hicks, the Quakers will now be a team in the mix to win the Ivy League next season.
The original story on SI can be found: here.
Harvard’s release on the subject is: here.
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