The Maryland Scholastic Association executive committe approved yesterday the appeal of one Southwestern transfer and turned down the appeal of another to play varsity basketball this season.
Shamar Bass, who is now at Walbrook, was given permission to play. Eddie Rivers, who is at Edmondson, cannot play on the varsity this season, but can play on the junior varsity.
Both players transferred from Southwestern during the summer. According to the MSA transfer rule, a varsity player must sit out one season when transferring.
The MSA added the transfer rule in 1985 to prohibit players from transferring exclusively for athletic reasons.
The one-year waiting period can be waived if the principals from both schools involved agree. Southwestern principal David Benson did not sign a waiver for either player, although the principals at Walbrook and Edmondson had agreed to sign waivers.
According to MSA president Vince Bagli, Southwestern felt Rivers' transfer was "illegal and should not have been made." Bagli would not go into specifics about the case, but apparently the executive committee agreed.
"He can play junior varsity this year, but he has to sit out one year from the varsity," Bagli said of Rivers, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard. "He can play varsity next year."
According to Edmondson coach James James, Rivers' mother transferred her son to Edmondson so that he could study a trade. Edmondson students also study at the Westside Skill Center, across the street from the school.
"His mother wanted him to get a trade, something he could use after he graduates," James said. "In the final analysis, the whole thing is about the youngsters. I don't think the kid should be punished."
Randolph Edison, a sophomore who also transferred from Southwestern to Edmondson this summer, did not need a waiver because he played on the Southwestern junior varsity last year.
Bass, a 6-2 junior guard, moved from his parents' home -- in the area zoned for Southwestern students -- to his grandmother's home, in the area zoned for Walbrook, during the summer.
Walbrook and Southwestern students are being housed at Southwestern while asbestos is removed from Walbrook. Walbrook still draws its students from the zone near the school's Walbrook Junction campus.
"His mother and father moved his address, so he is allowed to play," Bagli said of Bass. "He is a resident in the Walbrook zone."
Bass' father, Jerome Banks, said that his son moved in with his grandmother because the father's job with CSX Railroad required him to take trips that could last six to eight weeks, and his wife would be traveling with him.