BREAKING: UConn's Kentan Facey cleared to play by NCAA
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 13:10
UConn freshman forward Kentan Facey has been cleared to play for the men’s basketball team this season with four years of eligibility by the NCAA.
“I am so pleased and excited that everything has worked out for this outstanding young man,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said through a school release Friday. “It’s great to see him go through this situation and persevere. He just kept working very hard and believed in our university.”
The NCAA’s investigation revolved around a standardized test that Facey, 20, took in Jamaica before moving to the United States and enrolling at Long Island Lutheran, a test that the NCAA believed could be considered the equivalent of graduating high school.
If Facey had been found in violation of the “delayed enrollment” rule, he could have been forced to redshirt this year and lose two years of eligibility.
The Trelawny, Jamaica native was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Player of the Year in New York, averaging 14.8 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game. He has been practicing with the Huskies throughout the NCAA’s investigation process.
“I can’t say enough about what a model student-athlete Kentan has been in spite of the situation he was facing,” Ollie said. “He never let circumstances distract his positive image of himself and that’s just a testament to his strong character. We are very excited that he will be with us this year and beyond.”
Facey adds depth to a frontcourt that includes Lasan Kromah, Tyler Olander, Niels Giffey, DeAndre Daniels, Leon Tolksdorf, Phil Nolan and Amida Brimah.