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Wichita State commits minor NCAA violation for contact with recruit Peyton Allen

The fans cheer as the team takes the court prior to their game with Indiana State last season.
The fans cheer as the team takes the court prior to their game with Indiana State last season. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State has reported an NCAA violation for contact with men’s basketball recruit Peyton Allen and his family on July 31.

Allen and his family traveled to Wichita on July 31, one day before the start of an NCAA recruiting period in which contact is allowed on campus, to make a paid recruiting visit. The family had contact, including a meal, with coaches one day before allowed. Coaches are allowed to meet with recruits or pay for meals starting Aug. 1.

Allen, a transfer from Texas A&M, committed to WSU on Aug. 1.

An athletic department official confirmed the violation Monday. Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com first reported the infraction.

The Level III violation, according to Norlander’s source, means WSU will lose two recruiting days and one on-campus visit, limiting WSU to 11 for the next year. WSU reported the issue to the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference. Level III violations are considered isolated or limited and provide no more than a minimal recruiting advantage, according to the NCAA.

WSU, as a matter of department policy, often self-reports minor NCAA violations, also evidenced by its behavior in the impermissible benefits violations from 2013 that involved the baseball team and Under Armour apparel.

Allen, a 6-foot-5 guard from Springfield, Ill., played in 32 games and started eight as a freshman at Texas A&M. He will redshirt at WSU for the 2015-16 season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

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