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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Report: Karviar Shepherd cleared

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Karviar Shepherd, an incoming freshman for the TCU men's basketball team, has been cleared academically by the NCAA, coach Trent Johnson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Shepherd, No. 77 in the ESPN 100, had been deemed a non-qualifier by the NCAA, multiple sources told ESPN.com earlier this month. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound center had been told he would not be eligible to play this season due to academic issues at his high school, Prime Prep, the school co-founded by ex-NFL star Deion Sanders.

Jordan Mickey, another former Prime Prep player who is an incoming freshman at LSU, also was deemed ineligible.

Sources had told ESPN.com that both players would appeal the decision.

Both players transferred to the Dallas-area school prior to their senior seasons. Prime Prep has been approved by the Texas Education Agency, along with the State Board of Education. Prime Prep is approved as a "Regular Instructional Open Enrollment Charter," as listed on the TEA's website.

Shepherd spent his first two seasons at DeSoto High in Dallas before transferring to Grace Prep in order to receive a private school education. He and Mickey both followed basketball coach Ray Forsett from Grace Prep to Prime Prep before last season and were informed there would be no issues with the school being approved by the NCAA. They both had solid GPAs, were only one semester shy of qualifying and didn't need to change schools in order to be eligible.

"The kids were misled by the school," one source told ESPN.com. "Everyone told them there wouldn't be any issues."

Information from ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman was used in this report.