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Orlan Jackman has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA, being informed he has completed all his years of college eligibility and can no longer compete at NCAA level.
Jackman (1988 born) signed with Division 2 Newman Jets this off-season on a full scholarship under the impression he had three years left of his eligibility. It wasn’t until 4 hours before tip off of their exhibition game against number 3 ranked Kansas State on Tuesday that Jackman was informed he was ineligible and would have to sit out.
The issue resides around his playing club basketball without attending any educational institution in 2005/2006 with the Hackney White Heat and then again in 2007/2008 with the Manchester Magic. One more year of his eligibility was used with his one year in high school at Army & Navy Academy (Carlsbad, CA) for the 2006/2007 season and the last year at Seminole State College (he was actually there two years but last season he got a medical redshirt after breaking his foot in the second game of the season).
Under NCAA rules, Jackman is considered “graduated” as soon as he left HCCA in the UK, meaning any organised basketball he plays after that counts against his years of eligibility (4). Newman’s compliance officer doesn’t believe they have a case for appeal.
The ruling serves as a reminder and warning to British prospects to ensure they are aware of where they stand with regards to their eligibility when making decisions around their basketball career.
Expect a lot more information on eligibility specific to British basketball prospects in the coming weeks.