Friday, October 08, 1999

Grove eligible for UC




BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati Bearcats basketball recruit B.J. Grove learned Thursday he achieved the necessary standardized test score to be eligible for the 1999-2000 season.

        Grove, a 6-foot-11 center from Cincinnati, took the test earlier this month before enrolling at UC as a part-time student. Now that he has met the test requirement, he will add a class to become full time. Once he is officially approved by the NCAA's eligibility clearinghouse, he will be able to join the Bearcats for conditioning drills and the start of practice next Friday. “It feels so good,” Grove said. “It's one of the best things that ever happened to me. My dream has always been to come home and play for the Bearcats.”

        Grove is the fourth of UC's freshman recruits to qualify for eligibility, joining guards DerMarr Johnson, Kenny Satter field and Leonard Stokes. This marks the second consecutive season all Bearcats recruits have qualified.

        At Pennsylvania's George Jr. Republic School, Grove averaged 21.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, .620 field-goal shooting and .710 free throw-shooting as a senior. He committed to UC in April 1998, before the end of his junior year in high school.

        While his fellow rookies have been participating in team conditioning drills and individual skill sessions with the UC coaches, Grove has had to work independently.

        After weighing 285 pounds at his high school graduation, he has dropped to 270. He said coach Bob Huggins wants him to play at 260. Grove will give UC a 10th scholarship player in fall practices.

        “I've been waiting to be a part of this team,” Grove said. “I just want to be out there, help them, be a part of everything.”

       



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