Remember when Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards played in those pickup games with Kevin Durant, Carmleo Anthony, LeBron James, and other NBA players back in August? Well, because Hami and Nick also received free instruction from Chris Brickley, a UofL grad who trains many of those stars, it’s an NCAA violation.
According to the Courier-Journal, UK self-reported the violation and two players were ruled temporarily ineligible before the season began. The players’ names were redacted from the report, but Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards are shown working out with Brickley in New York in August on Brickley’s Instagram feed:
Everything would have been fine had Hami or Nick paid for the training sessions, but Brickley reportedly refuses to charge amateurs for his services. As a result, the NCAA determined the going rate for training sessions like that and the players paid that value to the charity of their choice. The entire team had to go through rules education as well.
The NCAA at work, my friends.