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Former Baylor commit suing former high school for alleged grade manipulation

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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 incoming recruit will not play in 2014-15

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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 freshman wing leaves the team

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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.

Providence adds late 2014 commitment to bolster guard depth

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Providence has been waiting on former McDonald’s All-American Kris Dunn to have a full and healthy season, but until that happens, the Friars and head coach Ed Cooley added some more guard depth in the 2014 class on Friday with the commitment of German guard Tyree Chambers.

Chambers’ commitment to Providence was first reported by Big East Coast Bias.

The 6-foot-2 Chambers should compete for minutes with incoming freshman Kyron Cartwright and give Providence some more breathing room if Dunn gets hurt again.

The 20-year-old Chambers played for Medi Bayreuth in Germany the last two seasons, according to RealGM. Chambers likely won’t see many minutes if Dunn is healthy, but having another able-bodied guard on the roster certainly doesn’t hurt now that Bryce Cotton has exhausted his eligibility and can’t play nearly 40 minutes a game for the Friars anymore.

Providence also added a guard commitment in the 2015 class this week as Drew Edwards pledged to the Friars as well.

Montana State freshman won’t enroll this semester

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With two of their top three leading rebounders in Paul Egwuonwu and Flavien Davis having moved on, it was expected that Montana State would get some help from 6-foot-10 forward/center Kavell Bigby-Williams in 2014-15. Bigby-Williams played for England’s U20 team this summer, averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the U20 Division A European Championships.

Unfortunately for new Montana State head coach Brian Fish he won’t have Bigby-Williams at his disposal, as the program announced Thursday that the big man has failed to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

“Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-10 forward-center signed by the Montana State men’s basketball program last November, failed to meet NCAA eligibility requirements,” the school said according to Gidal Kaiser of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “He will not enroll at the school this semester.”

Senior forward Eric Norman, who grabbed 4.4 rebounds per game in 2013-14, is Montana State’s leading returning rebounder with junior Danny Robison looking to earn more playing time after playing just over ten minutes per contest last season. Of Montana State’s five newcomers three are front court players, with junior college transfer Terrell Brown (more of a small forward) and freshmen Quinn Price and Bradley Fisher looking to crack the rotation in their first season with the program.

Montana State finished the 2013-14 season with a 14-17 overall record, going 9-11 in Big Sky play and missing out on the league’s postseason tournament.

Dismissed Maryland center finds a new school

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Earlier this summer 7-foot-1 center Trayvon Reed joined the Maryland program as part of a talented freshman class expected to help the Terrapins end their NCAA tournament drought. However Reed wasn’t in College Park long, as an arrest on charges including shoplifting and resisting arrest led to Mark Turgeon deciding that the program would be better off without the center.

Thursday afternoon it was reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com that Reed, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, has found a new school. Reed will be an Auburn Tiger, becoming the latest talented prospect to commit to Bruce Pearl’s program. However Reed won’t be on campus immediately, as according to multiply outlets he’ll be attending Elev-8 Prep in Florida in order to shore up his academics and become eligible in December.

Not being able to join the Auburn program immediately isn’t optimal, but it was possible that Reed wouldn’t have been able to take the floor immediately for health reasons. In mid-June Reed suffered a fractured right ankle, and at the time the injury was expected to sideline him anywhere from eight to twelve weeks.

If Reed can take care of business academically he’d give the Tigers added front court depth just ahead of the start of SEC play. Bruce Pearl’s staff did a good job of adding pieces to the program while the head coach was serving the remainder of his three-year show cause penalty. Among the additions were junior college power forward Cinmeon Bowers and 6-foot-10 freshman power forward Jack Purchase, and they join four holdovers who weren’t all that productive in 2013-14.

As for what Auburn could be in 2015-16, the Tigers won’t lack for depth or talent with Bowers and Reed back, Marshall transfer guard Kareem Canty eligible and a 2015 recruiting class that’s already off to a good start. Last weekend Auburn reeled in junior college guard T.J. Dunans and forwards Danjel Purifoy and Horace Spencer, with the latter making his decision after attending the program’s elite camp on Sunday (Pearl’s penalty expired at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning).