From ESPN.com: “Of the chief recruiter and Kentucky winning out, the Indiana Elite founder says it was “awful to see that happen.” The battle between Barnett and Cyprien became an ugly sidebar to the recruitment of Liggins, who committed to Kentucky, then played his senior season at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Because of initial eligibility issues related to his recruitment, the NCAA held Liggins out of nine games in the 2009-10 season.” Read full article here.
The University issued a clarification in response to this story: “Not entirely accurate, UK said in a statement.
“It was the University of Kentucky’s choice to withhold DeAndre Liggins from competition at the start of the 2009-10 season while eligibility questions were being resolved,” spokesman DeWayne Peevy said in a statement. “Once they were resolved the number of games we voluntarily withheld him from was considered sufficient. The original withholding was not mandated by the NCAA.” Source.