When you think of Harvard, you think of academic integrity.
When you think of Harvard basketball, you think of a program on-the-rise that just last season broke a 65-year NCAA Tournament drought.
Reports emerged on Tuesday morning however, that implications over an academic scandal at the university have directly effected two of the Crimson’ productive starters.
Seniors co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry have both reportedly been implicated in connection with the ongoing scandal. According to SI.com‘s Luke Winn, Casey intends to withdraw from the university and Curry may be next to follow suit.
After a highly productive year for head coach Tommy Amaker and Harvard, the Crimson program once again had high expectations in the Ivy League this season. The loss of Casey, and potentially Curry as well, could leaved Harvard in search of two new starters for a situation that still remains in its infant stages. Curry’s father told SI.com that Brandyn has yet to decide if he will leave the university, as of Tuesday morning.
The initial recognition of the academic scandal emerged on Aug. 30 and now nearly two weeks later, it appears that its connection has struck the men’s basketball program.
Last season as a junior, Casey averaged 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Casey was expected to be the go-to-guy down low for the Crimson this season as the program looks to replace all-conference performer, Keith Wright. As for Curry, the guard averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 assists per game and like Casey, was set to emerge in 2012-13 after the squad lost Oliver McNally in the back court.
Harvard finished the season at 26-5 last year.
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