Basketball player sues NCAA, Northwestern over transfer

CHICAGO (AP) A Northwestern basketball player is suing the school and the NCAA, claiming the association's transfer regulations violate federal antitrust laws.

John Vassar says in the federal lawsuit filed Monday that Northwestern harassed him and made other efforts to make him transfer and take away his athletic scholarship. Vasser's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and wants the NCAA to change rules preventing players from transferring to other Division I schools without losing eligibility to play for a year.

Vasser says he received offers but only if he could play right away, which he couldn't due to NCAA rules.

Northwestern officials say the school doesn't think the lawsuit ''has any legal merit'' and will defend itself ''vigorously'' The NCAA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.