Emmanuel Mudiay, one of the best point guards in the country and a major UK recruiting target, was ruled ineligible Wednesday for his junior season at Prime Prep Academy.
Prime Prep Academy opened its doors this fall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The charter school was co-founded by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and is designed to be a destination for standout athletes.
Prime Prep is sanctioned by the state of Texas, but the manner in which student-athletes transferred to the new school has been in question. Mudiay was one of four basketball players who followed Coach Ray Forsett to Prime Prep from Grace Prep in Arlington. Under Texas rules, players are not allowed to transfer schools for “athletic purposes.”
An eligibility committee ruled Wednesday that three of those players, including Mudiay, are ineligible to play this season, according to DallasNews.com.
Mudiay, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2014 by Scout.com. He is considered by some to be favoring Kentucky, though he has several major schools on his list. Karviar Shepherd, a top-50 recruit who committed to TCU earlier this week, was also ruled ineligible. LSU commitment Jordan Mickey was the only high-profile transfer ruled eligible to play this season.
Wednesday’s decision is expected to be appealed to the state board of athletics.