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Wednesday / July 8.
  • NCAA grants ‘automatic initial-eligibility waiver’ as part of COVID-19 response

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The NCAA has adopted an “automatic initial-eligibility waiver” for all incoming college freshmen due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Instead of having to have a minimum GPA of 2.3 along with a corresponding standardized test score, students entering college for the 2020-21 year now just need to have the minimum GPA as well as meet the core-course progression requirement.

    No standardized tests are currently available due to the pandemic. The tests set for May 2 and June 6 were been canceled.

    This impacts regular incoming college freshmen as well as players looking to reclassify from 2021 to 2020. Some high-profile names in that category include Moussa Cisse, Jonathan Kuminga and Adama Sanogo.

    “That will speed up a lot of these reclass kids,” one source said.

    Here’s the full statement from the NCAA:

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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.