Tag:Jahii Carson
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Arizona State freshman finally ruled ineligible

By Jeff Goodman

As if things weren't already difficult enough for Herb Sendek at Arizona State, now comes word from the NCAA that the Sun Devils heralded point guard Jahii Carson won't be eligible to play this season.

The NCAA finally rendered its decision on Carson - considered one of the top floor leaders in the freshman class and a Top 50 recruit nationally.

The news was confirmed by Arizona State spokesman Doug Tammaro.

According to sources, Carson fell just short on a necessary ACT score related to the NCAA's sliding academic scale. He'll be allowed to practice with the team this season, but Sendek and the struggling Sun Devils could sorely use Carson now.

Arizona State is 3-5 overall with losses coming against Pepperdine, New Mexico, Fairfield, DePaul and Nevada.

Carson was expected to take the reigns of the team from the get-go, but instead it's been Iowa State transfer Chris Colvin and Keala King who have shared the ball-handling duties thus far.

It seems like an eternity ago that Sendek appeared to have things in order out in Tempe, when James Harden led the Sun Devils to the second round of the NCAA tournament. However, Arizona State finished 12-19 last season and appear to be headed for a similar record this year.

That's the bad news.

The good is that Arizona State could have a potent backcourt a year from now, once Carson, Liberty transfer Evan Gordon (Eric's little brother) and Hawaii transfer Bo Barnes all become eligible. Leading scorer Trent Lockett is a junior and King, who has played well thus far, is just a sophomore.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Kansas takes hardest hit with busy day of news

By Jeff Goodman

Midnight Madness is here.

So is the college hoops news.

- Kansas took the hardest hit of the day when it was announced that freshman Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor are ineligible this season and have been deemed "partial qualifiers."

This is a significant blow to a Kansas team that has already been questioned for its lack of "Kansas talent."

There's Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor and a bunch of unproven guys.

- A source told CBSSports.com that Arizona State's heralded freshman point guard Jahii Carson won't be in uniform for the Sun Devils first practice - as he waits for an NCAA ruling.

- Ole Miss received the word - per a source - that South Carolina transfer Murphy Holloway has been cleared to play this season by the NCAA.

- DePaul's Macari Brooks won't be eligible to play this season due to academics, per a source.

- Xavier announced that Chris Mack has suspended senior big man Kenny Frease for "not handling his daily responsibilities on and off the playing floor that we expect from every one of our players here at Xavier."

- Washington's Scott Suggs will miss 2-3 months due to a broken foot. The Huskies have enough to sustain the loss, but it will certainly hurt Lorenzo Romar's depth.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Kansas frosh lead list of those still up-in-air

By Jeff Goodman

Kevin Ware wasn't the only one who was awaiting his fate.

Louisville's freshman failed to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. The school received the news on Friday and Ware, a 6-foot-4 wing from Georgia, will attempt to become eligible for the spring semester.

CBSSports.com has learned that there are several other high-profile players who are still making their way through the NCAA clearinghouse due to academic concerns:

- Kansas freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson

- Arizona State's prized point guard Jahii Carson

- Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross

- St. John's frosh Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle

- Maryland late signee, Ukraine native Olexiy Len

- DePaul's Macari Brooks


Bill Self told reporters on Thursday that Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson - three of his freshmen - have not been cleared to play. McLemore and Taylor are allowed to attend class while Anderson isn't on campus.

McLemore and Taylor both attended three schools while Anderson, according to sources, is being scrutinized for non-traditional classwork in which he was home-schooled.

Seven of Steve Lavin's nine freshmen have been cleared, but according to sources, he's still waiting for the NCAA to clear Garrett and Pelle. Both players are Top 100 players and finished summer school last week.

Carson, a consensus Top 50 recruit nationally, was a huge coup for Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils and is expected to run the team from day one in Tempe. Carson attended Mountain Pointe and Mesa High in Arizona and has yet to be cleared by the NCAA.

Another player whose status is unclear is that of Ross, another Top 50 player. The Ohio State freshman spent his first two seasons of high school in his home-state of Mississippi before transferring to Life Center in New Jersey for his junior and senior campaign.

Len is a 7-foot-1 Ukrainian who is being researched by the NCAA, according to sources, due to his background overseas.

Two more players in Scout.com's Top 100 didn't qualify: Chris Jones, who signed with Bruce Pearl's staff at Tennessee, is playing for former Vols assistant Steve Forbes in the junior college ranks at Northwest Florida State while Central Florida signee Michael Chandler is headed to prep school.

Brooks, a Chicago native who is a piece of Oliver Purnell's class that he is hopeful will help him rebuild the program, also attended multiple schools - including an alternative high school.

Notre Dame freshman Eric Katenda, who suffered a serious eye injury, still has not been cleared. However, Katenda is in no rush since the plan - according to a source - is for him to enroll for the second semester.
 
 
 
 
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