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Friday / July 12.
  • NCAA Denies Appeal by West Virginia’s Jose Perez

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The NCAA has denied the appeal by West Virginia guard Jose Perez and he remains ineligible to play this season, a source with direct knowledge told ZAGSBLOG.

    West Virginia hosts Baylor on Wednesday.

    A source said Perez was “depressed” about the news and previously said he “just wants to play basketball.”

    “Extremely unfortunate,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins told reporters. “I don’t know the whys. I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this but they don’t know what the hell they’re doing. I’m against anything that doesn’t help young people. He’s a good kid.”

    The 6-foot-5 Perez announced his transfer to West Virginia Oct. 29 after Manhattan fired his coach and mentor, Steve Masiello, two weeks before the start of the season, a story broken by ZAGSBLOG.

    On Dec. 16, the NCAA denied West Virginia’s request for immediate eligibility for Perez.

    West Virginia is Perez’s fourth school after previous stints at Gardner-Webb, Marquette and Manhattan. He started 29 games last season and played in all 30, averaging 18.9 ppg, 4.5 apg and 3.2 rpg.

    The Bronx native turned 24 in October. West Virginia is 10-5, 0-3 in the Big 12.

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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.

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