SEATTLE Seattle Police sources confirm a prominent UW men s basketball player is under criminal investigation, after a 16-year-old girl claimed the player raped her.

I don t have any comment, said UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar as he left a function Monday night, noting he is aware of the situation.

The university acknowledged it is aware of the investigation, but declined further comment on the details. In a statement, the university said Neither department officials, nor members of the UW men's basketball coaching staff or team will comment on the matter at (Tuesday's) open media session.

A Seattle Times blog Tuesday afternoon, however, says Romar is expected to say something about the matter at his press conference.

No one has been charged with a crime and it is not known if the player in question has been interviewed by police.

The team is scheduled to play Thursday night at Stanford and is currently ranked 17th in the country by the Associated Press.

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