Saturday, September 18, 1999

UC recruit out of prep school, back home


Harper sure he'll be eligible for Bearcats

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Shooting guard prospect Jerome Harper, who committed in July to attending the University of Cincinnati in 2000-01, left the prep school he had attended since the summer and will return home to South Carolina for his senior year.

        Harper, a 6-5 shooting guard rated among the nation's top 10 basketball prospects, departed Washington College Academy in Tennessee this week and plans to begin school Monday at Keenan High in Columbia, S.C.

        “I just think Jerome is really homesick,” said Washington coach Keith Allsep. “I don't know if he fully understands what's at stake for his future.”

        Allsep said Harper is not welcome back because of problems with tardiness and absence. He said Harper was returning home to Columbia on weekends and not getting back in time for classes.

        “I love Buddy. It broke my heart for me to tell him he couldn't come back to school here,” Allsep said, “but that's just the way it has to be for our program.”

        Harper attended three summer school classes at Washington and passed them all. He said he believes he will qualify for freshman eligibility. “No doubt, I'll get that,” Harper said.

       



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