Friday, October 31, 2014

Quinnipiac reviewing status of top recruit in light of WCC probe

Giovanni McLean, who transferred to Quinnipiac in offseason, could be latest domino to fall in Westchester Community College transcript scandal, which has already claimed three student-athletes. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)

As the investigation into alleged transcript fraud at Westchester Community College grows deeper, another one of the school's former players finds his eligibility potentially in limbo.

Jon Alba of Q30 Sports in Hamden, Connecticut broke news earlier today that Giovanni McLean, a guard who initially committed to Oklahoma from WCC before having a change of heart and landing at Quinnipiac; where he would be able to play sooner due to a technicality in Big 12 rules, is having his status reviewed by the university, the latest chapter in a saga that has already affected three other prospective student-athletes after WCC assistant coach Richard Fields was fired for falsifying and forging a transcript on behalf of Jamall Walker, who had committed to Florida A&M along with teammate Damien Davis.

This decision comes just two days after former WCC forward Keith Thomas was declared academically ineligible by St. John's University in light of the school being informed that the Mount Vernon native fell short of NCAA mandates.

A statement issued by the Quinnipiac public affairs office today reads: "We are reviewing the matter, and because of privacy concerns for the student, we will not make additional comments at this time. However, the Q30 report goes on to mention that sources close to this issue indicate that the university will self-report any and all findings should McLean be declared academically ineligible, a result that is "not surprising" according to said sources.

Whether or not Quinnipiac or McLean were conspirators in, or had any knowledge of, suspected fraud, is unknown at this time. At the moment, the junior guard remains listed on the Bobcats' team roster.

A Daly Dose Of Hoops will have further details on the McLean situation when they become available.

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