Indiana University freshmen Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea will have to complete their nine-game suspension. NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement upheld Friday the organization’s Nov. 6 decision imposing a suspension of both players for receiving impermissible benefits. IU had appealed the decision earlier this month, but their appeal was denied.
“We accept this as the NCAA’s final word on the case, and we will have no further comment on the matter,” IU said in a press release.
A-HOPE, which gives kids from foreign countries the chance to come to America and play basketball in youth programs, provided the support for the two players to come to the U.S. from their native countries in Africa and South America. However, one of the founders of the program is IU alumnus Mark Adams, who gave $185 to the university 20 years ago for Indiana bumper stickers. Under NCAA rules, therefore, Adams is considered a representative of IU Athletics and a “booster.” Because Jurkin and Perea chose to attend the school Adams gave money to, the NCAA found them in violation of the organization’s rules.
IU has since suspended Adams’ communication with the university men’s basketball coaching staff for one year.
The decision comes after the UCLA Freshman standout Shabazz Muhammad was cleared to play on Friday, Nov. 16 after serving three-game suspension for similar violations. The NCAA supported a three-game suspension imposed by UCLA on Muhammad compared to nine-game suspension NCAA handed to Indiana University freshmen Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin.
Jurkin and Perea have already sat out five games and will be eligible to play on Dec. 15 during the IU–Butler game.