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Jordan Robinson awaits ruling, would play if cleared next week

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Duquesne freshman forward Jordan Robinson has yet to receive a ruling from the NCAA regarding his initial eligibility, but a decision could come as soon as next week.

Because it's an ongoing process with the NCAA, answers thus far have been few, far between and rather unsatisfying. The coaching staff has remained tight-lipped so as not to hinder the process, but I was able to get a proper understanding of the situation today from a trusted source close to the program.

The background you should have first is that Robinson, 6-foot-8, 255-pound Toronto native, graduated this spring from Quality Education Academy (QEA) in Winston-Salem, N.C. QEA has long been accused of being a basketball factory and has had its issues with players not receiving the full curriculum required by the NCAA, which, from what I've found, is the following:

4 Years of ENGLISH
2 Years of MATHEMATICS (Algebra & Geometry minimum)
2 Years of PHYSICAL SCIENCE (1 year of lab)
1 Year of another ENGLISH, MATH or PHYSICAL SCIENCE
2 Years of SOCIAL SCIENCE
2 Years of ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC COURSES
*A total of 13 core courses.

When a player gets to college, he applies to the NCAA and is granted one of three distinctions: full qualifier, partial qualifier, non qualifier. A full qualifier can compete, practice and receive an athletic scholarship. A partial qualifier cannot play but can practice and receive an athletic scholarship. A non qualifier cannot play, practice or receive an athletic scholarship.

This process was explained to me as having "different stages," which is why this has dragged on. First, it was "the school's battle," where Robinson's family and QEA had to submit information to the NCAA and make their case for him to earn immediate initial eligibility.

Now, it's on to the last step, where Duquesne has submitted its information — an argument likely bolstered if Robinson performed well academically in the first semester — and awaits a ruling.

A final decision, whatever it may be, should come soon, likely early next week.

Currently, Robinson cannot practice with the team, but he does individual workouts. (After a game last month, he was on the court an hour after the game working on jump shots.) He can join the Dukes for team activities like meals and study hall.

If Robinson is cleared early next week, the source said, he will play this season. If it drags on much longer than that, he'll likely take a redshirt and, as long as he performs well academically, he'll debut next fall and have a chance at four years of eligibility.

Duquesne tips off the Atlantic 10 season Wednesday night against Fordham. Robinson would add much-needed depth in the frontcourt if he were cleared early in the conference season.


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