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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Top-100 recruits waiting on NCAA clearance

By Diamond Leung

Practices might be in full swing, but for a couple of top-100 recruits looking to make a significant impact on their teams, there is uncertainty as they wait for the NCAA to rule on their academic eligibility.

Arizona State guard Jahii Carson and Charleston big man Adjehi Baru, the No. 50 and No. 58 recruits from the 2011 class by ESPNU, are currently in holding patterns while the NCAA makes its decisions.

The 6-foot-9 Baru is enrolled at Charleston and able to practice, and the school expects that at worst, he would only be ineligible this season. Class credits obtained while in the United States are believed to be the issue for the Ivory Coast native.

"We just haven't heard yet," Charleston coach Bobby Cremins told reporters Saturday. "I know people are getting tired of hearing that, but it's a process that we have to allow the NCAA the proper time.

"He's an outstanding student. I'm hoping that the NCAA will do what's right, and we feel like we have a tremendous case, but you never know. I'm not the NCAA, thank God."

Charleston especially needs Baru since top returning scorer Willis Hall tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee earlier this month. The forward will miss the entire season. The Cougars were already going to have to replace the production from Andrew Goudelock, who completed his eligibility and was selected in the NBA draft.

Carson, who the Sun Devils hope will take over the reins at point guard and lead the team out of the bottom of the Pac-12, cannot even practice yet.

From the Arizona Republic:
At issue, according to sources, is an online summer-school course Carson took at Adams State College, located in Alamosa, Colo. As of a couple of weeks ago, the school had yet to release Carson's transcript.

Until Carson is cleared, he cannot practice or attend team functions. He did not attend Wednesday's media day and did not pose in the team picture.
The paper reported that "those inside the program consider this a matter of 'when,' not 'if,'" but it still has to be a nerve-wracking time for Carson and the ASU faithful who hope the team can make some noise.

For now, they'll all have to wait and see.