|Sam Cassell's son was ruled ineligible to play this season at Maryland -- and he's not happy. (US Presswire)|
Sam Cassell Jr., lost his last-ditch appeal to play college basketball this season on Thursday -- and his dad is speaking out against the NCAA.
Cassell, who won three NBA titles and is now an assistant with the Washington Wizards, called the NCAA the "neighborhood bullies" and said it's not even worth pursuing the situation legally.
"They do whatever they want," Sam Cassell said. "It doesn't even do any good to fight it."
"The NCAA just wants kids to fail," he added. "It's not these kids' fault. The NCAA can't penalize Notre Dame Prep, so they are squashing the kids dreams."
We documented the situation earlier in the week in which both Myles Davis and Cassell were both denied by the NCAA due to several courses at Notre Dame Prep. Cassell said his son didn't have six courses validated from the Massachusetts prep school that were taken two years ago. These identical courses were also attended by eight other basketball players -- each of which were cleared to play Division 1 college basketball last season.
Cassell, who didn't qualify out of high school back in the late 1980s and went to junior college for two years, said his son is crushed that he can't attend Maryland. He was on campus for summer school, took two classes and earned a 2.5 GPA.
"He had his heart set on it," Cassell said. "He's really hurt."
Now Cassell will look into other options. There's a chance he could go to an SEC school and sit out this season -- or head to another school and sit out as a non-qualifier.
"I'm not sure what he's going to do yet," Cassell said. "He's going to make his own decision and I'm just here to support and guide him."
"But what the NCAA has done isn't right," he added. "What they do to kids isn't right."