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Syracuse freshman Tyler Roberson cleared to play this season

Sep 5, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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Good news hit upstate New York this morning as the NCAA informed Syracuse that incoming freshman Tyler Roberson has been cleared to play immediately. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein.

Sources told that he was on campus this morning. According to, Roberson will be attending class for the first time today. The fall semester at Syracuse started last week.

Roberson, a top 40 recruit according to Rivals, is your prototypical Syracuse forward: he’s 6-foot-8, he’s athletic and he’s got long and lanky arms that will creates problems in Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone.

The hold up for Roberson was waiting for his high school transcript to be cleared through the NCAA’s Eligibility Center. Per Mike Waters of, Roberson took summer courses at Roselle Catholic, his high school, in order to raise his GPA, and the NCAA’s vetting of that coursework was the cause of the two-week hold-up.

It’s a relief for the Orange — and for Roberson — to have this process over with and to finally get him into class and into the program, but there is frustration as well. He’s behind his classmates and his teammates now, but making up a week’s worth of work is better than trying to make up a semester or a full year.

  1. scotty29 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    How terrible to leave a kid twisting in the wind like this. You cant tell me the NCAA wasnt aware that classes were starting, and yet they still took their sweet time to clear him. What better thing to do is put a “at risk” student one week behind. GREAT JOB NCAA, way to look out for the student athlete.

  2. xli2006 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Another link in an endless string of shady stories about the Syracuse program. Academic concerns, Bernie Fine, allegations of improper recruiting… never ends w/ Cuse.

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