UW's Wrenn to Miss Men's Basketball Opener

Nov. 13, 2001

SEATTLE - University of Washington sophomore forward Doug Wrenn will be held out of Thursday's men's basketball game at Alaska Fairbanks after being declared ineligible for one game for a minor NCAA rules infraction Coach Bob Bender announced Tuesday.

Wrenn participated in an unsanctioned competition during May in violation of the NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from participating in non-sanctioned outside competition during the academic year. Wrenn played three minutes in the Emerald City All-Star Tournament at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School.

The Huskies begin the regular season at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks. Wrenn will be eligible to play in their second game, on Saturday against either Bowling Green or Mississippi.

At least three players from other NCAA Division I schools participated in the same tournament. Each of them will also be suspended for their first regular-season game.

'Because of his participation in a non-sanctioned tournament, Doug will miss the first regular-season game,' Bender explained. 'That was the penalty that we recommended to the NCAA. Others schools who had players participate as well recommended and received the same one-game suspension.'

A 6-foot-8 forward from Seattle's O'Dea High School, Wrenn was a red-shirt last year after transferring from Connecticut. He played in Washington's two exhibition games this season. Wrenn tallied 12 points and eight rebounds in the Huskies' 87-43 win over Brisbane (Australia) on Nov. 2 and scored 12 points in an 81-76 win over Western Washington on Nov. 8.

Wrenn was a Parade All-American and the Washington state prep Player of the Year in 1998. He attended prep school on the East Coast in 1998-99 and played at UConn in 1999-2000.

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