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Alabama freshman guard not cleared academically by NCAA

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Just two days after receiving good news in the form of 2016 five-star shooting guard Terrence Ferguson’s commitment, Alabama announced that it will be without one of its commitments in the Class of 2015.

Four-star guard Kobie Eubanks has not been cleared academically by the NCAA, and as a result he will not be joining the Alabama program for the 2015-16 season. The school announced the news via press release Wednesday evening.

“We are disappointed for Kobie and his family,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said in the release. Unfortunately, Kobie wasn’t cleared by the NCAA and we couldn’t get him admitted to the University of Alabama. He has a bright future and we wish him well.”

It should be noted that Elev8 Sports Institute, where Eubanks attended last year, stated Thursday that he has not been declared academically ineligible by the NCAA.

Wednesday’s news is the latest twist in Eubanks’ story, which began nearly two years ago after he’d completed his senior year at Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York. Eubanks spent his sophomore and junior years at American Heritage HS in Florida, and transcripts from that school are where the original problems stemmed from.

In September 2014 Eubanks and his father filed a lawsuit against American Heritage, alleging that the school had changed his transcripts which led to his not being accepted at Baylor.

The suit claims that American Heritage provided Our Savior with a transcript that stated Eubanks’ grade-point average upon leaving American Heritage was 2.5, then later another transcript that put his GPA at 2.37, but certified to Our Savior that the 2.5 transcript was correct. The different numbers, the suit alleges, came from Eubanks’ grades being altered.

According to the suit, Baylor requested all of Eubanks’ transcripts as part of its normal vetting, and the two transcripts from American Heritage drew an NCAA inquiry.

Eubanks spent last year at Elev8 Sports Institute with an eye towards qualifying academically in 2015, but that path did not work out as evidenced by Wednesday’s news. The loss of Eubanks leaves the Crimson Tide with three incoming freshmen: guard Dazon Ingram and forwards Brandon Austin and Donta Hall.

Alabama lands four-star 2015 shooting guard

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New Alabama head coach Avery Johnson landed a quality addition to his 2015 recruiting class Monday afternoon, as four-star shooting guard Kobie Eubanks announced that he’ll be attending the SEC school. News of Eubanks’ commitment was first reported by Scout.com.

The 6-foot-5 Eubanks, who attended Elev-8 Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this year, was originally a Baylor signee before reclassifying to 2015 and ultimately de-committing from the program in late November. Eubanks took four of his five available official visits before coming to this decision, taking trips to Oregon, Texas and Kansas in addition to Alabama. Eubanks, who played his grassroots basketball for the E1T1 program in Florida, visited Alabama in mid-May.

“Kobie Eubanks is a quality late pickup for Alabama and gives Avery Johnson a guard who can come in and be productive right away,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said. “Eubanks is a capable scorer with the ability to hit shots and attack the rim.”

That production will be key, as the Crimson Tide have to account for the loss of their top scorers from a season ago. Forward Shannon Hale (8.2 ppg) and guard Retin Obasohan (6.9 ppg) are the team’s leading returning scorers heading into the 2015-16 campaign.

Eubanks is Alabama’s fourth commitment in the Class of 2015, joining Brandon Austin, Donta Hall and Dazon Ingram. Alabama also added two transfers in former Texas A&M guard Avery Johnson Jr. and former Memphis forward Nick King.

Avery Johnson Jr. transfers from Texas A&M, to join father at Alabama

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Avery Johnson Jr. announced he would transfer from Texas A&M after only one season.

“First off, I just want to say thanks to Coach [Billy] Kennedy & his staff for offering me a scholarship and giving me a great opportunity to play here,” he said via his Twitter account. “Also, I want to thank all my teammate’s for everything but I have decided to transfer to another school to continue my basketball career.”

It’s not surprising where the son of the former NBA point guard and head coach will land. According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, the 5-foot-11 rising sophomore will join his father at Alabama.

On April 5, Avery Johnson was named the next head coach of the Crimson Tide, replacing Anthony Grant, who was relieved of his duties after six seasons.

In one season with the Aggies, Avery Johnson Jr. averaged 1.4 points per game, making 13 appearances.