The 5-11 Jahii Carson was the crown jewel of Arizona State’s 2011 recruiting class. The Mesa High School point guard is one of the best players to come out of the state of Arizona in the last few years and was looked upon to energize a Sun Devils squad and its fan base after ASU finished last in the conference and posted a 12-19 record.
Carson completed an online course at Adams State and has reportedly achieved a grade that would have qualified him to play this season. An internal conflict within Adams State prevented the school from producing the proper documents to the NCAA’s Clearinghouse.
Consequently, Carson was forced to take the ACT test in hopes of achieving a high enough score that would satisfy the NCAA’s GPA/College Entrance Exam sliding scale. The point guard reportedly was just one point shy from achieving a score that would academically clear him. The school’s appeal to the NCAA to grant Carson clearance has been denied.
The NCAA is permitting Carson to now practice with the team, something he hasn’t been able to do since enrolling at ASU. Furthermore, Carson will be allowed to suit up for the 2012-13 season and have three years of eligibility left.
Under NCAA guidelines, if Carson at the end of those three years has completed 80 percent or more of his course work towards a degree he will be granted a fourth year of eligibility.