Prized recruit Winfred Walton will be prohibited from playing basketball until questions have been answered about his SAT scores, a Syracuse University official said today.
The university also is withdrawing Walton's athletic scholarship following a review of his Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, said Robert Hill, Syracuse's vice president for public relations.
The university is continuing to investigate Walton's scores, with his cooperation, Hill said.
If the university determines Walton's test score is valid, he'll be given back his scholarship and allowed to play basketball, Hill said.
Walton, a 6-foot-9 freshman from Detroit, was sidelined for the first week of practice, but said it was a sore left foot preventing him from working out.
Walton was one of the nation's top five recruits, according to most recruiting analysts. He was expected to start at power forward this season for Syracuse.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported today that Walton initially received an 810 on the SAT, missing a qualifying score by 10 points. In May, he retook the test and scored 1,090, a 280-point improvement.