Kim ineligible academically

Maryland Men

January 28, 2009|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

Maryland forward Jin Soo Kim, a 6-foot-8 freshman from South Korea, has been declared academically ineligible, effective immediately.

The basketball program is appealing the decision through university channels and the NCAA.

The ruling means Kim was unavailable beginning with last night's game against Boston College. He can still practice with the team.

Kim, popular with fans, is averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds. He has played sparingly off the bench, recording highs in points (six) and minutes (19) on Nov. 18 against Youngstown State.

Kim played three seasons at South Kent High in Connecticut. The NCAA declared him eligible before the season after researching online correspondence courses from high school.

The university declined to release details of Kim's academic status, citing privacy considerations.

Kim is the first South Korean to earn an NCAA scholarship to a Division I school, according to Maryland.

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