Kentan Facey’s eligibility still in question
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 00:09
Less than a month away from First Night and the beginning of the 2013-2014 NCAA basketball season, UConn freshman Kentan Facey’s eligibility remains undetermined.
Multiple questions have surrounded the status of the highly touted recruit since NCAA officials brought his past into question last month. The bulk of those uncertainties are rooted in the NCAA’s delayed enrollment policy.
Native of Trelawney, Jamaica, the 6-foot-9, 195 lb. top recruit in Kevin Ollie’s incoming class played his first game of basketball at the age of fifteen. He immigrated to Glen Head, N.Y. to play for the Long Island Lutheran High School as an eighteen-year old in the eleventh grade. Older than the majority of athletes in his academic class, Facey was given two years of high school eligibility during which he was scouted as a four-star recruit and recognized by ESPN as the 98th overall prospect in the Class of 2013. He committed to UConn to play power forward in August 2012.
The NCAA’s concern is centered on Facey’s age and whether or not the delay in enrollment could have been avoided. From the perspective of Facey, he left Jamaica with only enough credits to be considered a high school sophomore; academically, he had no choice but to enter eleventh grade. According to the Connecticut Post’s Kevin Duffy, declaring for college was not a plausible option; he did not have enough credits to pursue that path.
How the NCAA views the situation is anybody’s guess. If ruled in violation of NCAA policy, Facey will be forced to sit out this season and will lose two years of eligibility. Considering the events that unfolded this weekend following an athlete’s decision to drive under the influence after police scrupulously shut down a small party at Knollwood Apartments, UConn fans can only hope the NCAA Rules Committee understands the big man’s unique situation.