Sunday, January 07, 2001

XU recruit kicked off team again

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The future at Xavier of basketball signee Jaison Williams is in doubt after he was dismissed from his second high school team in 14 months.

        Just more than a year after he won a court case allowing him to transfer from Aurora (Colo.) Smoky Hill to Aurora (Colo.) Hinkley, Williams' prep career has ended with another dismissal. XU officials haven't decided if this will affect the 6-foot-3 senior guard's status at Xavier.

        “I'll reserve comment until I talk to Jaison and (Hinkley) coach (Dan) Jarvis,” XU coach Skip Prosser said.

        Jarvis kicked Williams off the team Tuesday for what Jarvis termed “a repeated violation of team rules.” He wouldn't elaborate, but other reports said Williams often was late for and missed classes.

        “I'm not really sure what's going on,” Williams said. “I'm just in shock right now and kinda hurt. Of course, I want to go ahead and play at Xavier.”

        Williams said he and Jarvis miscommunicated about the team's rules. He said he hoped to meet with Jarvis and other Hinkley officials next week to discuss reinstatement.

        “That's not going to happen,” Jarvis said. “In this whole process, I've had enough meetings. The decision is final.” Williams can't hope to transfer to another Colorado school. He was fortunate to do so last year when Smoky Hill coach/athletic director Russ McKinstry kicked him off the team just before the start of the season, saying Williams didn't fulfill team offseason requirements.

        The Williams family won a court fight to have Jaison play for Hinkley last year. Opposition came from the Colorado High School Activities Association, which prohibits a player from switching schools during the school year and participating in sports for a new school. Williams, rated No. 95 nationally Hoop Scoop, averaged 18 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in Hinkley's first six games this season.

        He earned second-team all-state honors as a sophomore and honorable mention all-state last year.

        XU had a similar situation three years ago when signee Garvin Davis was dismissed from his prep school team, but it didn't immediately revoke his scholarship. Later, Garvis got in more trouble and never wound up at XU.

        Williams was slotted for point guard duties at XU. If he doesn't come, XU will have just one true point guard next year, Lionel Chalmers.


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