Cassell Jr. loses appeal, won't play for Terps

Cassell Jr. loses appeal, won't play for Terps
September 15, 2012, 1:26 am
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Sam Cassell Jr. will not play for the Maryland Terrapins this year.

Questions emerged over Cassell's eligibility to play for the Terps over the past few weeks as the NCAA investigated his high school transcripts. The classes in question were taken while Cassell played at Notre Dame Prep high school in Fitchburg, Mass. The NCAA determined that some classes Cassell took while at Notre Dame Prep would not qualify for athletic participation under NCAA guidelines.

Cassell, an incoming freshman, was expected to compete for minutes in the Terps backcourt with returning players Pe'Shon Howard and Nick Faust as well as fellow newcomers Seth Allen and Logan Aronhalt.

Maryland officials twice appealed the NCAA's decision on Cassell, but found little help from the athletic governing body.

"Weve exhausted every option and made our best effort," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a news release. "Im very pleased with the work that our compliance staff put in on Sams behalf. Obviously, were very disappointed that he will be unable to attend the University of Maryland at this time and be a part of our basketball program. We will continue to support Sam and his family in any way that we can as they determine their next steps."

Cassell's father, former NBA player and current Washington Wizard assistant coach Sam Cassell, disagreed with the NCAA ruling.

"The NCAA just wants kids to fail. It's not these kids' fault," Cassell told CBS Sports. "The NCAA can't penalize Notre Dame Prep, so they are squashing the kids dreams."

Reports show that other students took the same courses as Cassell and were allowed to play Division I basketball, according to CBS.

"But what the NCAA has done isn't right," Cassell said. "What they do to kids isn't right."

Cassell Jr.'s next move is not currently known, but he has options of trying to qualify with a different school or attending junior college.