Former five-star point guard Collin Sexton was suspended earlier this week due to eligibility issues. It looks like there is a definitive suspension period now rather than something indefinite or ambiguous and it won’t last too long. Here is an official release from the school:
“Collin Sexton will sit out of Friday’s season opener against Memphis to serve a one-game suspension for a violation of NCAA rules. 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.”
This was the original statement from the school on Monday for the suspension for the exhibition game:
“The NCAA informed us late this afternoon that Colin Sexton has not had his eligibility reinstated by the NCAA.
“We don’t have any further information at this time, but we will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and work toward a resolution that results in Colin’s timely reinstatement.
“While we are disappointed, the right decision was to err on the side of caution for tonight’s exhibition game.”
Sexton is Alabama’s highest ranked recruit ever — that’s at least as far back as the recruiting services go — so they will definitely want him on the court and leading the team on his way to a potential one-and-done season. Alabama staffer Kobie Baker resigned earlier this year because of the FBI probe into players taking bribes from assistant coaches and Sexton was reportedly involved in it. This eligibility issue could have stemmed from that, but it is unclear at the moment.