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Republican: Morgan Could Be Eligible 2nd Semester

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he University of Massachusetts men's basketball team may get a second semester boost in its backcourt. Jesse Morgan, who is sitting out for academic reasons, has a chance to become eligible by the second semester. Morgan is a combo guard from Philadelphia who will probably play shooting guard or small forward, though he could also give minutes at the point.

The 6-foot-5 Morgan initially signed with Seton Hall. The Big East does not accept non-qualifiers, so when it appeared Morgan might not make the academic cut, he switched plans and enrolled at UMass.

Read the full story from Ron Chimelis in the Springfield Republican.

UMass hopes men's basketball guard Jesse Morgan will be eligible in time for the second semester

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 5:15 PM
Ron Chimelis, The Republican Ron Chimelis, The Republican 

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team may get a second semester boost in its backcourt.

Jesse Morgan, who is sitting out for academic reasons, has a chance to become eligible by the second semester. Morgan is a combo guard from Philadelphia who will probably play shooting guard or small forward, though he could also give minutes at the point.

The 6-foot-5 Morgan initially signed with Seton Hall. The Big East does not accept non-qualifiers, so when it appeared Morgan might not make the academic cut, he switched plans and enrolled at UMass.

Players who do not qualify as freshmen are allowed to attend UMass members of the general students. If they maintain a 2.0 grade-point average, they can qualify to play on scholarship by their second year.

Morgan enrolled last January, so it is possible he will complete his eligibility by the second semester of this season.

UMass is awaiting word on the 2010-11 eligibility status of freshman forward Maxie Esho, who entered school in September. If Esho does not qualify, he would remain in school and aim to become eligible by the fall of 2011.

Esho might be able to practice with the Minutemen as a "partial qualifier,'' even if he does not qualify to play in games in 2010-11.

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