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.
Reports: Shepherd, Mickey Cleared; Mudiay Will Return to Prime Prep (UPDATED)
Incoming TCU freshman Karviar Shepherd and incoming LSU frosh Jordan Mickey of LSU were both reportedly cleared, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and ESPN.com.
“We’re still waiting on that amateur status,” James Mickey, Jordan’s father, told SNY.tv by text.
Both were initially declared non-qualifiers by the NCAA because they attended Dallas (TX) Prime Prep, the school founded by former NFL star Deion Sanders.
Earlier this month an NCAA source told SNY.tv: “They’re not cleared yet but it’s early in the process. We’re just getting started with this one.”
According to ESPN.com, Prime Prep is approved as a “Regular Instructional Open Enrollment Charter” according to the Texas Education Agency’s website.
Meantime, Emmanuel Mudiay, a top-five 2014 point guard who attends Prime Prep ,told The Sporting News he will return to the school next season.
“Not at all. I’m going back,” he said when asked if he had any concerns about going back.
Mudiay is being recruited by Kentucky, Baylor, SMU, Arizona and N.C. State. The Sporting News reported Kansas’ Bill Self, SMU’s Larry Brown, N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried and Texas’ Rick Barnes all watched him in Las Vegas.
Elijah Thomas, a 6-9 2015 forward from Prime Prep, is also being recruited at the highest levels.
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