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?