University of Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy says former basketball star Eric Bledsoe passed an extensive review process by the NCAA before joining the Wildcats.
The statement comes after a report in The New York Times that the NCAA is looking into questions about Bledsoe's academic history and recruitment.
In an e-mailed statement, Peevy said Bledsoe participated in the normal academic review process and also an extensive prospective student athlete review by the NCAA Eligibility Center and was cleared academically.
The New York Times reported Friday night that The investigation is centered on Bledsoe's high school transcripts, payments made for an apartment shared by him and his mother, and whether his high school coach in Birmingham, Ala., demanded money from schools recruiting him, according to the story on the newspaper's website.
Bledsoe declared for the NBA draft after one season at Kentucky, where he averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
According to the report, Bledsoe transferred to A.H. Parker High School for his senior year and needed to make an "improbable" improvement in his grades to meet the minimum standards to qualify for an NCAA scholarship. The school's principal at the time, Joseph Martin, said he never saw Bledsoe's final transcript but maintained that his grades were not inflated.
"I'm not saying it wasn't a challenge," Martin said. "He knew what he had to do at Parker."
The report also said that a woman who rented a home to Bledsoe and his mother claimed that at least three months' rent was paid for by A.H. Parker coach Maurice Ford, which would violate NCAA rules, and an anonymous college coach said Ford asked for money to recruit Bledsoe.
Ford denied any wrongdoing, telling the Times: "I'm a poor black man. And when one black man tries to help another black man, there's always something wrong."
Bledsoe eventually signed with Kentucky and helped the Wildcats go 35-3 last season, winning the Southeastern Conference championship and earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They lost to West Virginia in the East Regional final.
Most projections have Bledsoe going late in the first round or early in the second in the June draft. His teammate John Wall could be the No. 1 overall pick, and former Wildcats Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins are also expected to go in the first round.