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Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

NCAA probes prep PR man

Just what is Little’s relationship with Stoudemire?

July 11, 2001

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— The NCAA is questioning the hiring of a public relations representative by Florida high school basketball star Amare Stoudemire.

Marc Little said Tuesday the NCAA asked him to send a letter detailing his relationship with Stoudemire and said late Tuesday night that Stoudemire may not attend Memphis, the school to which he has verbally committed.

Little told The Associated Press he will send the letter next week by certified mail.

"They'll review it and see whether I'm trying to promote him or whether I'm trying to make sure people are getting his story right through traditional methods," Little said.

Little works on behalf of Stoudemire, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior, who is expected to attend Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Fla., this fall.

Little accompanied Stoudemire to the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis last weekend, where he handed out folders containing a color glossy photo and news clips about Stoudemire.

He said his presence was an effort to help reporters understand Stoudemire's past, which has included six high school stops in two states the last three years.

Stoudemire's mother was recently released from prison after a check fraud conviction. She is on probation.

And now Stoudemire, apparently, is having second thoughts about his college choice.

"You can officially say he is reconsidering his commitment to Memphis," said Little, who provided no further details.

What the NCAA apparently wants to know is more about the arrangement between Stoudemire and Little, who said he is not being paid, and whether it violates the governing body's amateurism rule.

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