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November 1, 2008

Kim's NCAA status; Kazemi picks Rice

Maryland freshman Jin Soo Kim received disappointing news from the NCAA Clearinghouse yesterday.

According to The Washington Post’s Steve Yanda, Kim was not approved by the Clearinghouse, making him ineligible by NCAA standards. Maryland has one more shot an appeal. Click here for Yanda’s explanation of the situation.

• According to Zags Blog, Patterson (N.C.) School forward Arsalan Kazemi committed to Rice yesterday. Kazemi chose the Owls over Maryland and Seton Hall.

“I notified Maryland and I notified Seton Hall,” said Anthony Ibrahim, Kazemi’s adviser who lives in Texas. “We canceled the visit to Maryland.

“The young man took the visit [to Rice] and he fell in love with the school and said they did a great job. They showed him they needed him bad. He loved the school, the campus. He liked the guys on the team and he said, ‘I want to be an Owl.’”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:40 AM | | Comments (7)


Is it me or do the Terps have more trouble with this clearinghouse stuff. Even when the hit campus they don;t play. How many guys have we "had" and really not had in the last year? Bewteen Juco and transfers..Maybe it's me. Just seems that way.

i am sorry to here bout Kim can he just red shirt. We need to start worryin about some of though star player like Roscoe Smith,Will Barton,Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris.There the guys that would get us on top of the acc.Win some big game make kids want to come here again ,what we need to do to get them guy

I would bet money that if this were one of Duke's or North Carolina's recruits he would already be cleared and ready to play.TO all you Gary haters,I guess this is Gary's fault too,huh?

Gee, Burt, just who is in charge of recruiting and of the program? Would that be Gary Williams?

How about trying to recruit guys that don't have holes in their transcripts, transfer to multiple high schools and or JUCOs or a rap sheet the length of War and Peace?

There are plenty of top shelf players with grades and without convictions that other schools are able to recruit from under our nose.

Of course, Gary is too defiant to actually do 21st century recruiting.

Yeah, the overall recruiting ineptitude is GARY'S FAULT!

Andy - in this case the kid is a solid student, not some marginal case. He actually graduated from school early, and would have been in next year's class normally. The fact that he was admitted to the University already should tell you what you need to know about his academics. Being the cynic that I am about these things, I agree with Burt that had he been applying to Duke, UNC, or a host of other schools he'd have gotten cleared, but we have no way of proving that.

If Kim can't help the Terps this year, they may be better off letting him go and opening up that scholarship for next year or the year after.

What's up with some of the Terps targets picking small schools that have no hope of giving them exposure. A few years back the recruit from PA (Pope I think) chooses New Mexico over MD and now Kazemi chooses Rice. I am wondering if either of these guys would have had the drive and intensity necessary to play in the ACC.

I know Pope had some issues in New Mexico, but Kazemi choosing Rice over MD and Seton Hall (Big East) tells me he wouldn't have amounted to much in the ACC. Unless he wasn't going to get in.


Pope was a serious problem child from the word go. I wasnt sorry to see MD pass on him. BTW he's at Seton Hall now.

Re the 'issues' he was shot four times in his hometown after NMex recruited him, then got busted for drunk driving 9 mos later (and got suspended from the team).

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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