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Report: Current Prime Prep players aren’t clear of the NCAA yet

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Buried in Jeff Goodman’s latest post on his Insider blog over at ESPN.com is an interesting note about Prime Prep, the Texas charter school that was launched by Deion Sanders last year. If you remember, two Prime Prep products in the Class of 2013 — LSU’s Jordan Mickey and TCU’s Karviar Shepard — were initially ruled ineligible by the NCAA before having that decision overruled on appeal.

According to Goodman, that ruling shouldn’t be considered an ‘all clear’ for the athletes currently at Prime Prep:

That doesn’t mean that Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep has been given the green light by the NCAA. The NCAA cleared the players because it felt that both were given misleading information by the school, sources told ESPN.com.

That isn’t good news for Emmanuel Mudiay, a top five recruit in the Class of 2014, or Elijah Thomas, a top ten recruit in the Class of 2015. Both made the decision to return to Prime Prep for the 2013-2014 season after spending last season at the school.

The NCAA’s Eligibility Center website currently has this statement posted regarding Prime Prep: “This program is under an extended evaluation period to determine if it meets the academic requirements for NCAA cleared status. During this evaluation period, the courses listed below may be subject to further review on a case-by-case basis, which will require additional academic documentation.”

The issue, which John Infante of the BylawBlog touched on last month, appears not to be whether or not Prime Prep’s courses are approved as core courses, but whether or not they are being taught in a manner that’s deemed academically sound. Mudiay told NBCSports.com in July that Prime Prep used VSchoolz, an online educational system, in class.

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.