Former Baylor commit Kobe Eubanks, who was denied admission to Baylor as a 2014 recruit last month, is filing a lawsuit against his former high school, alleging grade manipulation that cost Eubanks his scholarship.
According to David J. Neal of the Miami Herald, Eubanks and his father, Clayton Eubanks, filed a lawsuit against Plantation American Heritage School on Sept. 19 for at least $75,000.
The 6-foot-5 Eubanks attended Plantation American Heritage School in Florida in his sophomore and junior seasons before transferring to Our Savior New American School in New York for his senior year.
According to the suit, American Heritage gave Our Savior a transcript that said Eubanks had a grade-point average of 2.5. A later transcript then put Eubanks’ GPA at the former school at 2.37 but the certified copy to Our Savior said the 2.5 average was correct.
During Baylor’s vetting of Eubanks’ grades, the dual transcripts from American Heritage drew an NCAA inquiry.
The suit claims after the inquiry American Heritage’s lawyers informed Eubanks orally that his GPA at American Heritage had been 2.29 and that was what they would certify to the NCAA.
The 2.29 mark left Eubanks short of the NCAA minimum standards and he’s now attending ELEV8 Sports Institute in an attempt to become a freshman in the Class of 2015.
This will be an interesting case to monitor, not just for Eubanks’ sake, but because so many high school basketball players are now transferring programs and taking transcripts with them. Could we see this issue arise again?
Baylor will be without freshman wing Kobie Eubanks for the 2014-15 season, according to a report from CBS Sports‘ Jon Rothstein.
Rothstein states that Eubanks wasn’t cleared by the NCAA.
A 6-foot-5 wing guard and three-star prospect, Eubanks committed to Baylor and head coach Scott Drew on March 18th after taking an official visit to campus on March 3rd.
The high-scoring guard was one of the best available scorers during the spring and averaged 18.5 points per game for Our Savior New American in New York during his senior season.
The Bears return Kenny Chery to their backcourt for the 2014-15 season and also have Allerik Freeman, a former top-100 prospect, who redshirted last season.
Baylor’s 2014 recruiting class also includes junior college point guard Lester Medford, junior college wing Deng Deng as well as two high school players in guard Damiyne Durham and forward T.J. Maston.
Western Kentucky took a hit on Friday as the school announced in a release that freshman wing Jordan Green has withdrawn from the university.
“Jordan Green has withdrawn from school to pursue other opportunities. He is no longer part of the Hilltopper Basketball team. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” the release said.
The 6-foot-5 Green committed to Western Kentucky in the spring and was a coveted mid-major recruit thanks to a strong senior season at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky.
Considered a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, Green averaged 20.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1 steal per game last season.
Although Western Kentucky returns four starters — and a fifth starter, Aleksej Rostov, who only played nine games before injury — from last season, they could have used Green’s presence as depth off-the-bench as they transition from the Sun Belt to Conference USA.