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Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 6:33 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Kansas freshman Braeden Anderson is beyond frustrated.

Anderson, one of three Jayhawks who hasn't been cleared to play by the NCAA, told that he was informed on Friday that he won't be accepted by the Big 12 as a partial qualifier.

"I've had better days," Anderson said. "The NCAA cleared me to be a partial qualifier, but the Big 12 doesn't allow partials to be on scholarship."

The 6-foot-8 Anderson, who grew up in Alberta, Canada, said he was advised by his summer coach, Ro Russell, to attend Christian Faith in North Carolina and re-do his junior year, not knowing the implications.

"That was technically my fourth year of high school by NCAA standards," Anderson said. ``My mother paid a lot of money to go there and we thought everything would be fine. That's what he told us."

Anderson then transferred to Wilbraham and Monson Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts with a strong academic reputation where he spent all of last season. He said he earned all A's and B's, but it didn't matter because he had already completed four years of high school.

"So the NCAA didn't count anything I did last year," Anderson said.

Anderson is one of six siblings who was raised by a stay-at-home mother. He said he doesn't have the financial means to pay his own way at Kansas.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do now," Anderson said. "My dream was to play at Kansas."

Anderson said he attended summer school at Kansas at part of a bridge program and received a pair of A's, even scoring high enough on an exam that allowed him to test out of certain freshman classes. He also scored a 1450 on the SAT.

"Basketball was my ticket, my future," Anderson said. "It's the only way I can afford to go to college."


Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:01 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

KU didn't know until recently that he would be classified a partial qualifier by the NCAA you idiot.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:15 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Anderson should hang in there, with all the conference turnover their might not be a Big 12 by the end of the week!  Reapply!

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:14 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Don't they have colleges in Canada ? The NBA drafts players from all over the world,if he is good enough I think they could find him there.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 5:30 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

The stupidity that is the NCAA.  I hope that by all these schools changing conferences, that we can do away with the NCAA.  They are the most hypocritical, self-serving, incompetent organization I have heard of.  This guy proves he belongs in college compared to some college and pro players who have gone to college.  Let the man play.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 5:08 am

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Can someone please explain why this kid who graduated High School is unalbe to get a scholarship, yet kids that only earn a GED get full ride scholarships???

Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:30 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Wow that is absolutely rediculous. How can the big 12 and ncaa do that? Oh wait they can do whatever they want not caring how if affects a kid and his family. This is pathetic. Im a UK fan and I really feel for this kid. KU and the kid got a raw deal. I  hope something can change with the situation so the kid can play ball.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:46 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Even this being a rule does not make it right.  It is time for these so-called academic institutions who are shuffling teams across conferences to make extra money to really start taking situations of kids with special conditions into consideration.  The USA is about compassion.  I have heard so many disheartening stories like this one about teens with their dreams shattered because of silly rules, bureaucracy, red tape, and administrative arrogance that makes revising the rules an absolute necessity.

Let's call things by their names and admit that college sports (namely basketball and football) are a source of revenue for schools and act accordingly.  Otherwise, the NCAA and its member institution will remain the symbol of greed run by a bunch of hypocrites.

Let the guy play!!!!!! 

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:14 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Can someone explain to me why going to an extra year of High School is a problem to begin with?

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:38 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

As far as this story goes, I feel bad for this kid.  Seems like he's done everything he can do but was just led down the wrong path for a year.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:37 pm

Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

As far as the rankings between Kansas and Texas, one of you posted rankings on the university's academic ranking and the other posted the rankings for the graduation rate and academics of the basketball teams.  So you two aren't even talking about the same thing apparently.  Texas is the higher-ranked academic university for ALL students, but KU is one of the top 20 schools if you're only considering the academics of the basketball team.

If you guys are going to post "facts" to back up disparaging one another, at least make sure you're talking about the same thing.

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