Committee To Decide On Syracuse Recruit's ReleaseAP , Associated Press
Jun. 6, 1996 5:07 PM ET
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ The Collegiate Commissioners Association will decide whether Syracuse basketball recruit Jason Hart can break his commitment to attend the university.
Marie Robbins, associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, said she had received reports from Hart and Syracuse.
The association's steering committee will convene during the CCA's annual meeting at Spokane, Wash., on June 24-28 and Hart's case is on the docket, she said.
Hart, considered one of the top 50 prep players in the nation, is a 6-foot-2 point guard at Inglewood High School in Los Angeles. He signed a letter of intent to play at Syracuse in November.
Now, Hart has said he wants to remain on the West Coast to be near his older brother, Jadifi, who suffers from a kidney disease.
Syracuse athletic director Jake Crouthamel and coach Jim Boeheim dispute Hart's motivation. Boeheim has said Jadifi Hart's kidney disease was already at a serious stage when Hart signed.
Boeheim thinks Hart merely wants to attend UCLA, which showed no interest in him until its top point guard recruit, Olujimi Mann, failed to qualify academically.
Crouthamel restated Wednesday that Syracuse will not let Hart out of his commitment.
Without a release, Hart would have to sit out two years before playing at a Division I school. Even with a release, he would have to miss one season.
Hart's appeal, if successful, would allow him to play next season. If denied, Hart could then turn to the CCA's appeals committee, Robbins said.