Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 7:36 pm  |  8 responses

Two Kansas freshmen ineligible for season

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

For the last seven years Kansas has won the Big 12 regular season title, but winning an eighth straight took a huge hit on Friday when two Kansas freshmen were ruled ineligible for the season.

Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor were considered just partial qualifiers by the NCAA for this season, meaning they will be forced to sit out. McLemore was a 6’5″ guard from St. Louis that ESPNU ranked the 49th best prospect in the class of 2011. Traylor is a forward from Chicago that finished his high school career at the IMG Academy in Florida.

Kansas received the news just hours before they were about to kick of their season with Late Night in the Phog.

McLemore and Traylor make three Jayhawks ineligible for the season. In September, fellow freshman Braeden Anderson was also ruled a partial qualifier.

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Good. I hate Kansas.

  • Jeremy

    What does this mean? ‘Partial Qualifier’ … what is that? Sorry if it is a stupid question.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Basically means they didn’t meet the academic requirements but they can still play next year if they do meet the qualifications by then, and they can practice with the team and all that but not play or even dress for games, I think.
    And it’s far from a stupid question, the NCAA rule book is probably thicker than the bible, it’s crazy.

  • BostonBaller

    This makes me ask what Kansas is doing? It’s 1 thing to have 1 kid become ineligible but 3 in coming frosh? You can’t tell me that they didn’t have a clue these guys weren’t cutting it academically in high school…What about the high schools and their part in allowing the guys to play with less than up to par grades?Maybe they did enough work to pass and play…Sad indeed

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ^^^^Alot of kids in the high school setting are getting a free ride from school to play. High schools get boosters to donate money, if their teams succeed and WIN. A once in a lifetime player he plays well for the HIgh School for four years, gives the school alot of things. So teachers understand the unwritten rule, some do and some don’t. In the end the student is the one is loses, so the parents of the kids need to step in educationally and not just look at their students as future NBA players. You go to Kansas to make it to the NBA. I blame others, before Kansas, but they play a part, because if these kids get in any trouble in college, their basketball career and scholarship will go away. Everyone cannot pull a Cam Newton and succeed through everything. BOOK IT!

  • Patrick

    This article is awful imo…why? Well it doesn’t say why they are ineligible…it’s leaves the biggest question of the article hanging.

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    So they cant play because they suck in class