WVU basketball recruit Macon eligible to enroll
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Bob Huggins got a piece of news that perhaps he wanted most on Friday: Elijah Macon is eligible to enroll in school. His ability to play this season, however, appears to remain cloudy for a couple of reasons.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pounder from Columbus, Ohio, was to enroll at West Virginia Friday after being cleared academically to do so. Macon arrived Friday and is to begin classes Monday.
By Friday evening, though, there was still no word on WVU's other yet-to-enroll recruit, junior college transfer Jonathan Holton. At least one university official privately said that he knew of no problems with Holton and thought that he was already enrolled, but he was still not listed on West Virginia's official roster. Macon has been added to that list.
Friday was the last day to enroll in fall classes at West Virginia.
Huggins confirmed the news of Macon's enrollment, saying simply, "It's obviously good news.''
But even with the news that Macon is enrolled, there is still a question about his eligibility for the 2013-14 season. That could still be an issue for the NCAA to decide, just as that body decides the eligibility of all student-athletes. The delay in simply enrolling was apparently a university issue.
It could be that Macon is a partial qualifier, in which case he would be able to attend classes and practice with the team, but would not be eligible to play his first year.
Huggins also said that Macon has a wrist injury that could hamper his ability to play, perhaps all season.
Macon was widely considered the jewel of Huggins' recruiting class. He was originally signed in 2012 when he was a senior at Huntington Prep, but did not qualify. He spent last year in prep school at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
Holton is a 6-foot-9 forward who played at Rhode Island two years ago as a freshman before running into legal troubles and was dismissed from school. He played last season at a junior college in Florida and spent the summer finishing the classes he needed to receive an associate's degree and be able to enroll again at a four-year college and be eligible.
West Virginia's players are already going through permissible offseason workouts and the first day of official practice is expected to be Sept. 27. In past years, practices generally did not begin until mid-October, but the NCAA this year adopted a rule that allows teams to practice 30 times in the 42 days prior to their season opener.
The Mountaineers open the season against Mount St. Mary's on Nov. 8, the first date allowed for an official contest.
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