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Eric Bledsoe Reportedly Facing Questions About College Eligibility

Sep 14, 2010 – 12:27 PM
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Eric Bledsoe may not have been eligible to play his single season at the University of Kentucky, as discrepancies were found in the guard's high school transcripts, The Birmingham News reported on Tuesday.

Bledsoe, who turned pro after his freshman season and was drafted 18th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder and then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, received an A in Algebra 3 in two sessions of night school, according to his four-year transcript at Birmingham's Hayes High School. But a grade report obtained by the newspaper had a C down for both sessions, grades that would not have allowed Bledsoe to meet NCAA admissions guidelines.

Bledsoe ended high school with a 2.5 GPA in 16 core classes, a mark good enough to make it into Kentucky when coupled with his reported 69 on the ACT. But Bledsoe would have had a core GPA of 2.373 had he gotten a C's in Algebra 3, a GPA that would have put him below NCAA benchmarks with his ACT score.

The NCAA visited Hayes High earlier this year, but the school district has refused to work with college sports' governing body. The district hired an outside law firm at the request of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) in investigating the matter.

Bledsoe was part of arguably the nation's top recruiting class of 2009 under new head coach John Calipari. The Wildcats' NCAA tournament run ended in Elite Eight against West Virginia. Bledsoe averaged 11.3 points per game and 3.1 assists for the season.
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