Written by SportsDayDFW.com
The Colony boys basketball transfer Jordan Williams not yet eligible to play for Kimball
With the first day of boys basketball practice looming Wednesday, Kimball standout senior forward Jordan Williams, who transferred to the Dallas ISD school last month under a cloud of controversy, hasn't been cleared to play yet this season, Dallas ISD athletic director Jeff Johnson said Thursday.
Williams, one of the top-rated senior recruits in the nation who is orally committed to North Texas, averaged 19.2 points and 8.4 rebounds last season in leading The Colony to a 30-9 record and the Class 4A state semifinals. However, the District 4-4A executive committee ruled in late September that The Colony would have to forfeit all 30 victories after Williams was found to be ineligible.
The infractions were reported by The Colony after an internal investigation revealed that rent for an extended-stay motel where Williams resided last school year had been subsidized by someone outside the family, which is prohibited under UIL rules.
Officials at The Colony noticed in August a change of address that had Williams moving to another residence outside the attendance zone, prompting them to withdraw him from the school Sept. 10. Williams then enrolled at Kimball, which is the third high school he has attended after beginning his career at Lincoln.
Johnson said Thursday that the Dallas ISD athletics office has yet to receive a Previous Athletic Participation Form from Kimball that's required to be completed in order for Williams to gain eligibility at Kimball.
"That's not uncommon," Johnson said. "It'll probably be within the next couple of weeks."
The boys basketball season begins Nov. 15. Johnson said that Williams will also have to be cleared by the District 11-4A executive committee before he is allowed to play for Kimball.
"We'll have to get all the data and information in before the 11-4A hearing," Johnson said. "It's going to be a touchy situation because of what happened. The UIL says the kid is eligible to play somewhere, and he lives in that attendance zone, but nothing has been done yet on that."