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Sam Cassell Jr. signs with Chipola Junior College

Sep 24, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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After being ruled ineligible by the NCAA to play at Maryland this year, Sam Cassell, Jr. has signed to play with Chipola Junior College, according to Brad Winton of jucorecruiting.com

Cassell, Jr. is one of a number of players caught up in an academic controversy involving classes he took while playing at Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep. Certain players were still cleared to play, but two, Cassell, Jr. and Xavier signee Myles Davis, were deemed partial qualifiers and ineligible for play for the 2012-13 season.

It’s a tough situation for Cassell, Jr., the son of the former NBA star with the same name (in the photo), and another blatant display of selective enforcement by the NCAA. That is, unless they can give a legitimate reason for allowing some of those Notre Dame Prep players named to survive the NCAA Clearinghouse, despite taking the same prep school classes they deemed unsatisfactory by the NCAA’s standards.

However, Cassell, Jr. doesn’t have to look very far for advice about where to go from here.

He knows a guy who was a Prop 48 recruit out of Maine Central Institute who originally signed with DePaul. That guy went on to spend two seasons at San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College before becoming an All-ACC selection at Florida State.

That’d be his dad, Sam Cassell, Sr.

If you have to go this route, I can’t imagine a better way to do it than with a father who’s done it before.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

  1. brianjoates - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    He would have found it hard to get on the court with the Harrison twins at Colleg Park, that Under Armour connection is too strong to get them to Kentucky. The ACC is going to get even more exposure with all of the new additions over the next couple of seasons, perfect place for the twins to get national exposure with the help of a major and medium size markets at arms reach from campus.

  2. imforbigblue - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    bull crap don’t kid yourself under armor or not the twins will get twice the TVs time have there name out twice as much and have twice the coach to market them. UK has put 15 players in the NBA in three years with two #1 draft picks what has Maryland done? Your basketball team can’t hold a candle to UK so keep dreaming you’ll get the twins unless under armor pays them or daddy to go there because there’s no other reason to pick Maryland over UK

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Perhaps they’ll go to the University of Maryland to further their educations. Heck, they might even learn basic grammar, like capitalization and puncuation rules.

      Does “Big Blue” offer that course? Or did you not take that class yet?

    • tomtravis76 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      They could be apart of something special in College Park, be legends in the DMV area, or go to Kentucky and just be two more guards playing along other 5 star guys. Either place they will have a shot at a national title, as long as Turg keeps stockpiling the talent.

      The ACC is going to even further distance themsleves as a dominant league from all other college basketball conferences over the next few seasons..

      Kevin Plank has been involved with the twins AAU team for sometime now and their Houston running mate is already at College Park.

      The Harrison twins will be Terps.

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