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Friday / October 7.
  • St. John’s Thomas Ruled Academically Ineligible

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    In the wake of the WCC transcript scandalKeith Thomas has been ruled academically ineligible to compete for the St. John’s men’s basketball team this season.

    The University said it had learned that Thomas does not meet the academic standards required by the NCAA for transfers.

    “Academic integrity is treated very seriously at St. John’s University and we are committed to maintaining high academic standards for all of our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. “Our athletic compliance office recently became aware of information that triggered an additional review of Thomas’ academic credentials at Westchester Community College. Our assessment and decision are in accordance with University and NCAA policies.”

    “We share Keith’s disappointment and as a basketball family will provide moral support during this challenging time in his life. Keith clearly has a bright future in basketball and is determined to ultimately further his education,” said head coach Steve Lavin.

    Thomas was a 2013-14 NJCAA All-American honorable mention at Westchester Community College. The 6-foot-8 forward from Mount Vernon, N.Y. led all Division I junior college players with 15.7 rebounds per game and averaged 15.3 points in 32 appearances.

    The Johnnies had already lost JaKarr Sampson and Orlando Sanchez to the NBA, and now must rely on unproven frontcourt players Adonis and Joey Delarosa to complement returning big man Chris Obekpa.

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    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. 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.