STILLWATER — Jéan-Paul Olukemi's eligibility for Oklahoma State's 2012-13 basketball season is in question, due to confusion stemming from his final year at prep school in Simi Valley, Calif.
Olukemi, who will be a senior next season, could have either one semester, or a full season of eligibility remaining with the Cowboys, depending on the result of an appeal to the NCAA.
According to OSU coach Travis Ford, the school Olukemi was attending, Stoneridge Preparatory, closed its doors “in the middle of the year.”
Ford said that on the advice of the coaches at Stoneridge, Olukemi and teammates attended nearby Riverside Junior College to remain in classes.
“What's that do? It starts their (eligibility) clock,” Ford said. “Nobody knew it. We didn't know it.”
The situation was discovered by OSU's compliance department during a transcript check last season. As of now, Olukemi has only next year's first semester of eligibility remaining. Yet, there are NCAA provisions that address such instances, where a player unknowingly or on bad advice jeopardizes his eligibility, leaving Ford optimistic about Olukemi's status next season.
“He should win the appeal,” Ford said.