Here's something to take our minds off of last night:
Orlando Sanchez, a 24 year old Dominican, is the player in question. He's a 6'9" prospect with NBA potential who wants to play for St. Johns. He didn't graduate from h.s. on time because, at age 17, he moved to Spain to work as a carpenter so that he could send money back to his ailing grandmother, a then-impoverished widow who raised Sanchez. He eventually returned to the Dominican Republic and graduated from h.s. at age 21, and he currently has a 3.48 college GPA. He has so far been barred from playing for NCAA basketball because of a now-abandoned rule (still in effect when Sanchez was 21) that said that any participation by an athlete who is 21 years or older counts as a full year of varisty competition. Sanchez has, in the eyes of the NCAA, accordingly used up his eligibility because of the following:
* Sanchez played eight games with a local club team in the Dominican Republic;
*Sanchez played 3:38 minutes at the end of a game for Dominican Republic national team in 2010;
*Sanchez played for a community college for apparently two years.
All of this was after he was 21, so he's exhausted his four years per the old rule. He's waiting on an appeal right now. Hopefully the NCAA will see the light or be struck down by Zeus.