Highly touted UCLA freshman and native Australian Jonah Bolden was deemed ineligible by the NCAA for his freshman season, UCLA said Friday.
The 6-foot-9 Bolden can’t practice (for now) but will remain on scholarship all year. He can practice after the first quarter if he maintains a certain GPA, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.
“The NCAA has ruled that UCLA freshman Jonah Bolden is a partial qualifier, and as such, will not be able to compete for the men’s basketball team this season,” UCLA said, according to ESPN.com. “The ruling allows for Bolden to continue on athletic scholarship.”
The issue for Bolden — who committed to UCLA last December — relates to the fact that his clock expired before he graduated high school in the United States. Bolden began last season at Findlay Prep before transferring and finishing up at Brewster (N.H.) Academy.