Shaqquan Aaron has been left toiling by the NCAA as he awaits word on whether or not he will be deemed eligible for this season, but it appears that wait may be over.
According to a report from the Louisville Courier-Journal, a decision in Aaron’s case is expected to be made soon. As in this week.
That’s good news for Rick Pitino and the Wildcats, although the impact that Aaron, who was ranked No. 30 in the Class of 2014, will have this season may not be all that great. He’s a long and lanky wing that is quite athletic and has three-point range, but the rest of his offensive game is still developing. He’s a better longterm prospect than he is an immediate star.
That report from the C-J also states that the issues that Aaron is working through have to do with how he paid tuition during his one season at Mater Dei HS in California:
The Aarons, [their attorney] said, provided “clear proof” that they covered the remaining costs of Aaron’s partial scholarship to attend Mater Dei. The school’s website states that tuition for non-Catholic students was $14,000 for the 2014-15 school year and $12,600 for Catholic students, slight increases from when Aaron would have been a freshman at Mater Dei over the 2010-11 school year.
But an NCAA source with direct knowledge of the case told The Courier-Journal on Monday that the investigation extended beyond tuition payments. The source also disputed Glenn’s claim that “we’re talking about a couple hundred bucks.”
Aaron has qualified academically, which is why he has been allowed to practice and travel with the team.