Monmouth Micah Seaborn Ruled Ineligible for the 2014-15 Season

The Monmouth Hawks were dealt a blow from the NCAA on Thursday when it was ruled that freshman Micah Seaborn is ineligible to play as well as practice with the Hawks this season.

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Monmouth head coach King Rice and his team were dealt a blow when freshman Micah Seaborn was ruled ineligible. (photo courtesy: Stockton Photo)

Seaborn had attended Prime Prep Academy prior to joining the Hawks, a school that had its charter revoked this year. It produced star Emmanuel Mudiay, who had an eligibility issue of his own with the NCAA and decided to leave SMU this summer to play professionally in China.

Prime Prep had trouble getting courses approved by the NCAA’s Eligibility Center, which has the power to decide what courses can determine a player’s eligibility for college.

“At this point in the NCAA waiver process, we have been granted the ability to award athletically related aid only,”Associate Athletic Director for Student Development Rachelle Paul said in a statement. “We are in the process of appealing the subcommittee’s decision in pursuit of practice and competition.”

Seaborn was a three-star recruit and was the final commitment that head coach King Rice secured for his class of 2014. Monmouth was picked sixth in the MAAC Preseason Poll last night by the league’s head coaches.

The school said in a statement that they will pursue an appeal so that the 6’5″ freshman guard can practice and play. Under NCAA rules, players can be deemed partial or non qualifiers depending on how they meet the NCAA’s eligibility thresholds.

Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.

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