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FIU’s Raymond Taylor waiting to be reinstated following NBA Draft violation

Nov 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Florida International guard Raymond Taylor was pulled from the team’s game against Bethune-Cookman on Thursday as the school looks into the matter of his eligibility after an NBA Draft snafu has left the 5-foot-6 guard’s eligibility in question.

The senior guard has explosive speed and an ability to get in the paint, but according to John Infante, his eligibility could be in question since Taylor withdrew from the NBA Draft after the April 10 deadline.

From Infante:

According to NBA press releases, Taylor withdrew from the draft sometime between May 3 and June 10 of this year. That would put him in violation of the NCAA’s “testing the waters” rule which requires basketball student-athletes to withdraw from the NBA draft by the start of the regular NLI signing period to retain their eligibility.

Losing Taylor would be a big blow for Florida International and if they’re hoping for something like a suspension, it could be waiting awhile for a hearing and an answer. For now, Taylor is out as school officials looks over his eligibility.

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