Friday, May 16, 2008

Report: Arthur had High School Grades Changed

According to WFAA-TV News 8 in Dallas, former Kansas forward Darrell Arthur may have had a grade changed during his junior year at South Oak Cliff High School. As the report states: "Transcripts obtained show Arthur received no grades at all during his fall semester. His final grade was changed to a 70 in September 2005 without an explanation." If Arthur had failed math that year, he would not have been eligible to play basketball. His math teacher, Winford Ashmore, said Arthur should not have been able to receive a Division-I scholarship. "Since Darrell Arthur really did not pass algebra — which means he did not clear the clearing house — that also means that he really should not have been eligible for a Division I major college scholarship," Ashmore said. Jim Marchiony, Kansas' associate athletic director for external affairs, said what happened should not affect the Jayhawks. "This is something that happened in high school," Marchiony said. "Everything that is discussed right now is speculation. I know the media and fans like to speculate, but that's not something we participate in." Arthur averaged 12.8 and 6.3 rebounds per game last season in helping lead the Jayhawks to a national championship. The sophomore is projected to be drafted in the middle of the first round in the upcoming NBA Draft.

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