2 Eagles ineligible?
By Peter Atencio
TWO Ateneo junior standouts are in hot water.
Documents obtained by concerned members of the collegiate community showed that center Japeth Aguilar and Jobe Nkemakolam were not supposed to see action in the 67th and 68th seasons of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.
Their eligibility status were questioned following alleged inconsistencies that were discovered in their high school records at the Reedley International School.
Aguilar, however, will not see action for Ateneo this year. He flew to the United States last summer and reportedly tried to earn a place in a US National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 school.
He spent his junior and senior years in 2002 and the first semester of 2003 in Mapua. Then, on the second semester, Aguilar studied at Reedley. The following year (2004), he transferred to Ateneo, where he was asked to play for its juniors squad.
Nkemakolam, on the other hand, was a member of the San Sebastian juniors squad in 2001-2002, and made it to the national youth squad the following year.
The following season, Nkemakolam was placed on the Ateneo collegiate team’s roster, without having entered Grade 12 at Reedley.
The Department of Education had earlier dismissed the actions done by Reedley and Ateneo, and explained that a student must secure a clearance from the department before jumping from Grade 11 to college.
Ateneo juniors representative Ricky Palou, meantime, belittled the allegations, claiming that they were just part of a demolition job.
Palou added that they are more than willing to confront the complainants and answer the questions raised squarely.
source: manila standard