Written by Corbett Smith
Ineligible Prime Prep basketball transfers to appeal cases in front of UIL’s state executive committee on Wednesday
Three Prime Prep Academy basketball players ruled ineligible by the 11-3A district executive committee will appeal their cases Wednesday to the UIL’s state executive committee in Austin.
The UIL, per its policy, did not release the names of the appellants. But Prime Prep co-founder D.L. Wallace confirmed that junior Emmanuel Mudiay and seniors Karviar Shepherd and Damon Collins — all transfers from Arlington Grace Prep to Deion Sanders’ new charter school — will be traveling to Austin to appeal.
The three players, all Division I recruits, were found by the 11-3A executive committee to have transferred from Grace Prep to Prime Prep for athletic purposes. Former Grace Prep coach Ray Forsett was hired by Sanders to be Prime Prep’s basketball coach, and the committee used this as prima facie evidence in the decision. However, in the same district meeting, Jordan Mickey — another Grace Prep transfer — was ruled eligible.
Mudiay is considered one of the top juniors in the nation, currently recruited by schools such as Kentucky and Kansas. Shepherd, a 6-10 post player, pledged earlier this month to TCU. Collins, recovering from a dislocated shoulder, committed to Howard.
The 11-member state executive committee is the final arbiter in transfer decisions. This will be the first case heard by the state committee about Prime Prep, despite several contentious meetings between the school and the rest of the 11-3A executive committee. In August, the district executive committee attempted to ban Prime Prep from all athletics, before later stepping back from the recommendation.
Notable: The state executive committee will also hear the appeal for Class 4A’s Edcouch-Elsa, which is protesting a 32-4A district committee’s ruling that the school forfeit its entire 2012 football season. Currently playoff-bound with a 4-1 district record, Edcouch-Elsa was found by its district committee to have violated the UIL’s eight-hour-per-week practice rule.
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The 11-member UIL state executive committee
Robin Battershell, superintendent, Temple ISD
James Colbert Jr., superintendent, West Orange-Cove CISD
Johanna Denson, athletic director, Waco ISD
Paul Galvan, retired athletic director, Fort Worth
Gil Garza, athletic director, San Antonio ISD
Kathy Garrison, superintendent, Tom Bean ISD
Terry Long, community member, Austin
Willis Mackey, superintendent, Judson ISD
Mike Motheral, superintendent, Sundown ISD
Daryl Wade, athletic director, Houston
Nola Wellman, superintendent, Eanes ISD (Austin Westlake), Austin