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  • Cincinnati’s Shaq Thomas Cleared (UPDATED)

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    Shaquille Thomas, a 6-foot-7 forward from Montclair, N.J., has been cleared by the NCAA to play at Cincinnati.

    “He was cleared to go to school,” his grandmother, Dorothy Thomas, told “He’s leaving now. He’ll be out of here in a couple days.”

    Cincinnati operates on a quarterly system and school begins next week. The first quarter ends Dec. 10.

    It remains unclear if Thomas will have to miss any time on the basketball court, but he won’t miss any school.

    “I do not miss [any] school days,” Shaq Thomas, the nephew of former NBA forward Tim Thomas and the half-brother of Essence Carson of the WNBA’s New York Liberty,  said by text.

    Thomas was one of four NIA Prep basketball players, and six total athletes, initially declared ineligible by the NCAA, as first reported by

    One of his NIA teammates, Towson signee Kelvin Amayo, was later denied a waiver by the NCAA, and a source said he was now considering propping at Marshall.

    Dorothy Thomas said she’s relieved to learn the news about Shaq.

    “Oh, yes, I am,” she said..


    **Wood to St. JOhn’s

    **NIA Prep athletes denied eligibility

    **Towson’s Amayo denied NCAA waiver

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.