Report: Harvard basketball star Kyle Casey to withdraw over cheating scandal

Kyle Casey #30 of the Harvard Crimson boxes out against Rod Odom #45 of the Vanderbilt Commodores in the second half of the game during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Kyle Casey #30 of the Harvard Crimson boxes out against Rod Odom #45 of the Vanderbilt Commodores in the second half of the game during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

(CBS News) Last month, Harvard dropped a bombshell when the university disclosed that dozens of undergrads were being investigated for cheating after officials discovered they may have shared answers on a final exam.

Apparently one of those students was the star of the Crimson men's basketball team. According to Luke Winn of SI.com, co-captain Kyle Casey plans to withdraw from the school after being implicated in the cheating scandal.

Sources told Winn that Casey planned to leave the school "in order to attempt to preserve his final year of eligibility."

The undergraduate class in question had at least 250 students and possible cheating was discovered in roughly half the take-home exams, university officials said last month. Sources told SI.com that senior starting guard and co-captain Brandyn Curry also was implicated in the scandal, but it is unclear if he will withdraw for the academic year.

Casey led Harvard in scoring last season, averaging 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as the Crimson went to its first NCAA Tournament in 66 years. As CBSSports.com notes, the first-team All-Ivy performer was being counted upon to lead the way again this season after Tommy Amaker's team lost two starters.

Casey, a 6-foot-7 forward from Medway Mass., was also recruited by Stanford and Vanderbilt before he committed to Harvard, according to SI.com.

The Harvard Crimson also reported this week that the football team was preparing to "miss a few players."

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