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Eligibility of Quinnipiac junior guard in question after junior college academic scandal (UPDATED)

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Quinnipiac is awaiting word on the eligibility of junior guard Giovanni McLean in-light of the recent academic scandal at Westchester Community College.

According to a report from Jon Alba of Q30 Televisionthe university is reviewing McLean’s academic eligibility in the wake of basketball players from Florida A&M and St. John’s being declared ineligible after the transcript scandal at Westchester.

“We are reviewing the matter and because of privacy concerns for the student, we will not make additional comments at this time,” university Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell said in a public statement.

While the school currently won’t comment on the matter directly, it doesn’t look good that McLean will be ruled eligible after Jamell Walker and Damian Davis were ruled ineligible at Florida A&M and Keith Thomas wasn’t cleared at St. John’s. Westchester Community College is dealing with the fallout of fraudulent transcripts.

The 6-foot-1 McLean averaged 16.8 points and 7.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Westchester. The Bobcats were expected to be in the middle of the pack in the MAAC this season, but if McLean is ruled ineligible, their guard depth will take a serious hit.

UPDATE (11/3, 7:22 p.m.): According to Lee Higgins of The Journal News,  the NCAA is reviewing McLean’s transcript and an additional statement was released by the school:

“The NCAA has issued a temporary waiver allowing Giovanni McLean to continue his studies at the university for the remainder of the fall semester,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “He is, however, prohibited from playing and practicing with the basketball team until the NCAA issues a final decision.”

Report: Oklahoma gets JUCO point guard to offset loss of Je’lon Hornbeak

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Oklahoma lost sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak to transfer a few weeks ago, but the Sooners have already picked up a new guard to help offset the loss of their former backup guard.

According to a report from Bob Pryzbylo of Sooners Illustrated, Oklahoma landed a commitment from Westchester Community College point guard Giovanni McLean on Friday. McLean told Pryzbylo that he plans to sign his letter of intent next week.

The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 16.8 points, 7.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game on 43.7 percent shooting from three-point range at Westchester last season and gives the Sooners a guard that can immediately play the minutes left behind by Hornbeak.

“It feels like a big boulder has been lifted off my shoulders,” McLean said in the story. “I just loved it. It was great to get to know the coaches and players. Getting that bond with the coaches was something I was really looking for.”

Hornbeak averaged 18 minutes a game last season and scored 5.1 points to go along with 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game on 39 percent shooting and 22 percent shooting from three-point range.

Since Oklahoma returns double-figure scorers Jordan Woodard and Isaiah Cousins in the starting backcourt, McLean will get valuable minutes as the third guard. Woodard averaged 10.3 points and 4.6 assists per game in his freshman year while Cousins averaged 11 points and 4.2 rebounds.

“I was able to catch a few of their games this season, and I really like the way they play,” McLean said in the story. “I think it’s going to be a great fit.”

McLearn was also considering Missouri, Texas State, Memphis and St. John’s according to Pryzbylo.