Jalen Johnson back to Hoptown?

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    Jalen Johnson back to Hoptown?

    Per Chris Jung on twitter:

    Per Aspire Academy coach Jeremy Kipness, Jalen Johnson is no longer with the Wizards basketball team in Louisville. According to multiple sources, Johnson, a senior, plans to re-enroll at Hopkinsville soon and play this season for the Tigers.

    Would be big for Hoptown.
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    They are awaiting eligibility ruling from KHSAA. He did not play a KHSAA sport but did enroll in another school. This will be an interesting ruling moving forward

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    Ha! And another kid gets bounced around because of adults. When will this story end?

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    Good luck Jalen....hope it works out for you in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scribe View Post
    They are awaiting eligibility ruling from KHSAA. He did not play a KHSAA sport but did enroll in another school. This will be an interesting ruling moving forward
    I think he will be ruled since he did not play in a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    I think he will be ruled since he did not play in a game.
    I agree. Aspire really has nothing to do with this. Since these kids attend DeSales (I think it is) then his eligibility lies with DeSales. If he did not play any varsity sport so far this year for DeSales then he should be good to go at Hopkinsville.

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    I think it will be interesting to see what the KHSAA does here. I am not sure the KHSAA knows exactly what to do with places like Aspire Academy, as shown by the De'Von Cooper situation last year. Hope things work out for the young man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    I think he will be ruled since he did not play in a game.
    Are you sure about that?? They have played 5 games since the start of the school year. If there were score boards and refs Mr Tackett won't like that. I didn't see him listed on the roster and only stats for one game were posted.

    Game Schedule - 217-218 Regular Season - Aspire Academy Wizards

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    Will be ruled ineligible if the family has not moved and he has played in games. Same reason Devon Cooper was ruled ineligible.

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    How Hoptown's football team would have liked him to figure that out before the school year started

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Are you sure about that?? They have played 5 games since the start of the school year. If there were score boards and refs Mr Tackett won't like that. I didn't see him listed on the roster and only stats for one game were posted.

    Game Schedule - 217-218 Regular Season - Aspire Academy Wizards
    That changes things

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    Also, finances will be a factor. If his parents didn’t cover his living expenses or Desales tuition, KHSAA will ding him.

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    Jalen is back at Hopkinsville and it appears it's all-systems go

    HE'S BACK – Jalen Johnson Has Big Plans For Tigers' Season | Your Sports Edge

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    Congrats Jalen, big season ahead for the young man.

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    He has not been cleared yet... The Devon Cooper situation is in play here. Jalen participated in a scrimmage where score was kept and referees were used. That is the issue at hand... The "when the school year starts" rule is clearly in play here.

    It's a tough situation. I'm a huge fan of Jalen's. But the rule is in place to keep a kid from being able to do what he did. go get world class coaching on a team and then decide to join up with your school team about the time the season starts. This is why AAU ball doesn't exist in the fall for high school kids.

    I'm torn because he's an amazing kid and a great player. But if he's allowed to do this, what is stopping other very good players to going to Oak hill for 3 months to start the year only to return right in time for their high school season? Seems like an unfair advantage to me for the kids who are good enough to get on these "non sanctioned" teams.

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