Deion Sanders’ Dallas, Texas charter school, Prime Prep Academy, came under scrutiny earlier this month when two of its top basketball prospects from the Class of 2013 — Jordan Mickey and Karviar Shepard — were ruled non-qualifiers by the NCAA.
Despite the recent events, that will not deter 2014 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay — ranked No. 3 overall by Rivals — from finishing his senior year at Prime Prep. During his most recent USA Today player blog, posted Monday, the five-star prospect expressed his loyalty for his school:
Oh and I want everyone to know that everything is good with Prime Prep too. We’ve met about everything and everything is cleared up so everything is fine academically. I guess there’s some source saying things, but we’re fine with the NCAA.
Trust me, my boys Jordan (Mickey) and Karviar (Shepherd) will be fine to play next season. You’ll see.
So, yes, I will definitely be returning to Prime Prep next season and everything’s fine academically there. We’re gonna do everything we can to win the national title next season. And we’ll still have some big time talent coming. Stay tuned.
Mickey, a LSU signee, and Shepard, a TCU commit, were ruled as non-qualifiers on July 11. Both had transferred to Prime Prep, following their coach Ray Forsett from Grace Prep (Texas). One of the main issues for Mickey and Shepard appears to be a portion of PPA’s curriculum, more specifically, a digital learning system the school uses called VSchoolz.
“It’s on a laptop,” Mudiay told NBC Sports on July 13. “It’s called VSchoolz. It teaches you everything in there, and they’ve got a teacher in there in case you need any assistance.”
Mudiay later told CBT’s Rob Dauster he believes the school is going to change that next year. And according to his player blog for USA Today, he’ll be around to see that change.
The 6-foot-4 point guard is currently down to 10 schools — Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, SMU, St. John’s and Texas. He will trim that list in half at the end of July, and is already scheduled to be in Lexington for an official visit during Big Blue Madness.
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