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The suspension phantom

Marti Artigas
Eurohopes Chief Editor

Last days I've been talking with some of our collaborators around the eligibility of some european prospects who want to go to the NCAA. Croatian Mislav Brzoja ('94, Traders Point) is already in the States, sending big impact to the college coaches who are following them. He is a big prospect in Europe, and decided to cross the ocean. Like many european players. But in this case he already left with some games played at professional level. Brzoja has a 22 contests experience last season in croatian A1 division with Dubrava. All the people knows this. But there are many D1 big programs planning to throw their net over him. NCAA rules are the same as always. His eligibility can be affected. It's not a secret.
In Poland Przemek Karnowski ('93) is shining in PLK league, the top division there. Why he didn't leave to the States last summer instead staying in his home country? Many NCAA coaches travelled last months trying to convince him. But the 7'0'' center wanted to play with Siarka Jezioro. He still has the NCAA as one of the options for his future, but if he is in a professional league like PLK, doing what he is doing (10.7pt+4.1rb in 25') his eligibility status is really doubtful. It's not a secret.
Olexiy Len ('93) landed in Maryland from Dnipro (Ukraine). He is a really intriguing piece for Terrapins future. Last year he played a couple of games at VTB league and one at domestic competition. But he has actually a ten games suspension for that. It's not a secret.
These are a few examples about how is the situation and how strict are NCAA rules. Different ways, different cases. With the suspension phantom always in our minds.  
PhotoJonathan Newton - TWP (Olexiy Len, number 25)


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