The NCAA is investigating whether the family of Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander received impermissible benefits

By SI Wire
March 06, 2015

The NCAA is investigating whether the family of Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander received impermissible benefits, reports Yahoo's Pat Forde.

Alexander has been held out the last two Jayhawks games, victories over Texas and West Virginia, after the school announced that they were notified over an issue that could possibly effect Alexander's eligibility.

According to the report, Alexander hasn’t been interviewed by the NCAA and won’t be cleared until they decide if rules were broken. The NCAA is investigating if one or more of Alexander’s relatives received benefits from an NBA agent.

In an interview with SI.com., Arthur McAfee, a Washington D.C.-based attorney who is helping Alexander, refused to get into details about the case.

[daily_cut]"I can’t handicap it for you, it wouldn’t be fair to either side to do so," McAfee said. "Our goal is to make sure there is clarity with whatever issue [the NCAA] may have. We’re always confident that whatever information [it is] looking for is in favor of Cliff. These things take time to develop. [It has] procedures [it] must follow, and I think there’s an attempt to do it fairly quickly. We will see here in short order, I hope."

Alexander, a five-star high school recruit, is averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 28 games this season for Kansas, which has clinched the Big 12 regular season title.

The Jayhawks (24-6, 13-4 Big 12) close the regular season Saturday against 15th-ranked Oklahoma.

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