Collin Sexton, Alabama’s star freshman point guard, will be eligible after a one-game suspension to start the college basketball season.
Alabama opens the season with a neutral site game against Memphis in the Veterans Classic.
Sexton, the No. 1 point guard in the 2017 recruiting class, will not be permitted to play in the game, which tips off in Annapolis, MD on Friday evening. That will be the extent of his suspension though, which stems from the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption.
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne announced that Sexton will be reinstated after the game, and will be allowed to play in the Crimson Tide’s home opener against Lipscomb on Tuesday, November 14.
— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) November 10, 2017
The decision comes just two days after Sexton was ruled ineligible. According to an ESPN report, Sexton was the unnamed player connected to fired Auburn assistant Chuck Person and former NBA referee Rashan Michel. Sexton also has a relationship with another person arrested in the probe, former AAU coach Christian Dawkins, according to the report.
Former Alabama associate athletics director Kobie Baker, who was fired on September 27, allegedly accepted bribes from Michel to steer Alabama players towards a specific financial advisor after their collegiate careers.
Sexton was the No. 5 overall recruit in the class of 2017, per 247Sports.