Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Finally some good news for Kansas after a tough week.
The NCAA Eligibility Center has certified Markieff and Marcus Morris eligible for competition beginning immediately. The twins, freshmen from Philadelphia, Pa. who played last year at Apex Academies in Cherry Hill, N.J., will enroll and begin attending classes Friday.
“We certainly understand the uniqueness of these circumstances,” said Kansas Head Coach Bill Self, “so we appreciate the NCAA’s cooperation in reviewing the material involved in a timely manner. We felt all along that the twins had successfully completed their required courses, but we respect the fact that we had to go through this process. While it may have taken a bit longer than we had hoped, the important thing is that the process worked. We appreciate the cooperation of all parties involved; the main issue now is for them to begin their academic career at KU.”
The twins gave the following statement.
“We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, and we’re excited that it is finally here. We’re looking forward to getting to class and to begin playing with our teammates. We want to thank everyone involved who helped us reach this point.”
Kansas will now have its full complement of seven newcomers, a class ranked No. 2 by Rivals.com for the 2008-09 season.
Good news, considering what happened earlier this week with Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers, and earlier with Markieff’s shooting incident.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.