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 Television, the 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.”