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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: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.