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Wednesday / May 24.
  • Report: Cliff Alexander’s Team Being Investigated for Ineligible Players

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    DSC_7332.JPGOn Friday night, Chicago Curie, the team featuring Kansas-bound big man Cliff Alexander, won the Chicago city championship game in four overtimes over Whitney Young and Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor.

    Now it’s being reported that Curie is being investigated for using ineligible players.

    “They wanna take back our title that’s crazy we won fair & square,” Alexander Tweeted Sunday night.

    It’s unclear who the ineligible players might have been but the Chicago Sun-Times sited a Chicago Public Schools spokesperson as saying the school is being investigated.

    “It’s an embarrassment if they try and take this back,” Curie coach Mike Oliver told the Sun-Times. “It makes the city of Chicago and Young look like sore losers. [At 3 p.m.] they are asking about eligibility. But if they cancel the game they have to give back almost $60,000. So they let us play the game, get the money and then make us forfeit? That isn’t right.”

    Photo: Chicago Sun-Times

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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.