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Oklahoma State basketball: Jéan-Paul Olukemi gets NCAA waiver

Wednesday, the NCAA granted Jéan-Paul Olukemi's appeal for a waiver that allows him to play a full final season at Oklahoma State.
by John Helsley Published: October 31, 2012

All along, Jéan-Paul Olukemi maintained faith that the NCAA would eventually rule his way.

Wednesday, the NCAA came through, granting his appeal for a waiver that allows him to play a full final season at Oklahoma State.

For the player, it's a reprieve on an inadvertent mistake made five years ago.

For the Cowboys, it's a needed break after losing swingman Brian Williams for the season to a wrist injury. Olukemi averaged 11.1 points as a sophomore at OSU, with 20 double-figure scoring games, before averaging 9.4 points a game a year ago before suffering a season-ending injury.

“We would like to thank the NCAA for its due diligence in this matter,” Cowboys coach Travis Ford said. “Looking out for the student-athlete and their best interests should be what's most important, and it certainly showed in this decision.”

Olukemi's second-semester status had been in jeopardy, after it was discovered he'd unknowingly started his basketball eligibility clock. The issue dates back to Olukemi's one year at Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, Calif. During the basketball season, the school's team was shut down and Olukemi was instructed by his coaches to attend classes at a nearby junior college to remain eligible.

Instead, the clock was ticking on his college career. And it's that final semester — fast-forward to now — which was in danger of being lost, before Wednesday's ruling.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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