Four UW Players Will Miss Nov. 19 Men's Basketball Opener

Nov. 2, 2004

SEATTLE - Four University of Washington men's basketball players will be held out of the Nov. 19 regular-season opener against Seattle Pacific after being declared ineligible for a secondary NCAA rules infraction, Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Tuesday.

Senior guard Will Conroy, junior forward Bobby Jones and junior forward Jamaal Williams will sit out on Nov. 19. Senior guard Tre Simmons will miss that game and UW's second game, Nov. 25 against Utah in the Great Alaska Shootout.

Those four participated in an organized basketball competition in violation of the NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from playing in outside competition during the academic year. They participated in one game during May in a league at a SeaTac area gym. Simmons participated in two games.

A fifth player, former Husky Anthony Washington, also played in two games. He announced a transfer to Portland State and will serve his suspension during the first two games he is eligible with the Vikings.

The Washington coaching staff became aware of their players' participation in the unauthorized competition and immediately reported the incident to the UW compliance office. UW investigated the matter and self-reported the violation to the NCAA. The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff accepted UW's report and self-imposed penalties.