Freshman Kim reinstated by NCAA, can play tonight

January 31, 2009|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland forward Jin Soo Kim, declared academically ineligible before Tuesday night's loss to Boston College, has been reinstated by the NCAA, the university said yesterday.

After a Maryland appeal, the NCAA approved a waiver making the 6-foot-8 freshman from South Korea eligible.

Kim will be permitted to play in tonight's game against Miami.

"I am proud of how hard Jin Soo has worked academically while trying to become more proficient in a second language," coach Gary Williams said. "I thought he deserved to be playing."

Williams joked: "He's learned a few new words this season to help him along."

Citing privacy considerations, the university would not provide specifics about Kim's situation.

Kim, popular with fans, is averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 15 games. He has played sparingly off the bench, recording highs in points (six) and minutes (19) on Nov. 18 against Youngstown State.

He is 3-for-16 on three-point attempts. But the team believes he can develop into a good outside shooter.

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

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