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Aminu ruled ineligible by GHSA

The Georgia High School Association put an end to Al-Farouq Aminu's hopes of playing varsity basketball this season at Norcross, ruling on Thursday morning that the sophomore is ineligible.

Aminu withdrew from Wesleyan on Wednesday morning and then enrolled at Norcross, where he hoped to join the Blue Devils' varsity team based on his move into the Norcross district. But the GHSA gave a different answer on Thursday when the organization received the paperwork on Aminu's transfer.

"We got the documentation today and he was ruled ineligible," said Steve Figueroa, the GHSA's director of media relations. "He will be eligible one year from the day of enrollment (at Norcross)."

So on Nov. 30, 2006, Aminu can join the Norcross varsity basketball team. In the meantime, he will play on a loaded junior varsity team with Greater Atlanta Christian transfer Jordan DeMercy, who also was declared ineligible to play for the Blue Devils'

varsity.

The decision on Aminu was based on the GHSA's earlier ruling that the 6-foot-8, 210-pounder was ineligible at Wesleyan. He played at Wesleyan as a freshman, but lost his eligibility there after a brief transfer to Stephenson.

He returned to Wesleyan but failed to gain eligibility in a hardship hearing, and chose to enroll at Norcross on Wednesday. Figueroa said Aminu still has the right to appeal for eligibility this season in a hardship meeting because he is attending a new school.

The chances of winning that hardship case are slim, so it appears Aminu will be a Norcross JV player for a

season.

"Once a student is ruled ineligible at one school, he is not eligible at another school for one calendar year," Norcross athletic director Mike Emery said. "Which is fine. (Aminu's) excited to be here. His mom's excited to be here. He will grow and prosper from a year of being here.

"It's very clear in the GHSA white book that once you're ineligible at one school, you can't go to another school and be eligible. But you do your best to help kids (become eligible) and see what happens."