Friday, September 09, 2005

Clark Ruled Ineligible

Shane Clark, a 2005 recruit for the Maryland basketball team, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA. He has since left campus to return to the Philadelphia area. He was a 5th year senior at Oak Hill Academy and still had trouble meeting the modest standards of the NCAA. Clark was the highest profile player of the 2005 class that also includes Juco PG Parrish Brown and SF David Neal. He will either have to reapply to another school in December or spend two years at junior college and hope to get recruited by another school. Either way his days at Maryland will likely be in the "neverwas" category. He was in a bit of a position crunch as SF Landon Milbourne was already in the fold for 2006 and Maryland is still recruiting SF Mike Jones (no relation to current SG Mike Jones) from South Carolina. Still it is a shame that he will not get the privilege of putting on that Maryland jersey.

Around the ACC

Virginia's Gary Forbes will transfer from the basketball team before this coming season. There are rumors that he would have been ineligible for the first semester of the season due to academics and this facilitated the transfer. It is a big blow for the Cavs under the first year of the Leitao regime. With no inside presence Virginia would be totally dependent on what perimeter players like Sean Singletary, TJ Bannister and Forbes would have provided them. Without Forbes, who was primed for a breakout season, the Wahoos will struggle to be competitive in the ACC. St. Johns is a likely destination for the Brooklyn native.

D'Qwell Jackson was named Defensive Lineman of the Week by the ACC for his 18 tackle performance against Navy.

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