Primetime has been put on hold. Again.
Three of the four boys’ basketball players who transferred to Prime Prep Academy (Dallas) before the school year may not see the court this season.
The District 11-3A Executive Committee ruled on Wednesday that the three players were ineligible for the 2012-13 season for improperly transferring because of athletics.
The players followed coach Ray Forsett from Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) to Prime Academy, a first-year charter school co-founded by former NFL and MLB star Deion Sanders.
According to WFAA.com, eligible players have to show residency in the charter’s home attendance zone. Sanders reprimanded the board for its decision, saying the students deserved a shot at a better education.
It’s a big hit to Prime Prep, whose entire football program was declared ineligible for the season.
Two of the three players are elite recruits: Senior forward Karviar Shepherd has committed to Texas Christian, while Emmanuel Mudiay, a junior point guard who is ranked No. 5 overall in the ESPN60, is being courted by the likes of Kentucky, Kansas and Baylor.
Jordan Mickey, a senior forward bound for LSU, was the only Grace Prep transfer ruled eligible.
All three played intricate roles in Grace Prep’s second consecutive TAPPS Class 4A state titlein March.
Forsett said he couldn’t talk about the ruling but did offer that he was remaining “optimistic” about the next step, which would be an appeal to the state board. The players would have to prove that they didn’t transfer for athletic purposes.
Forsett said that appeal would happen “ASAP."
“It’s not over,” he said.