After nearly two months of uncertainty, Louisville finally got its ruling on freshman small forward Shaqquan Aaron. The 6’7 Seattle native was cleared this afternoon by the NCAA and will have to sit out two more games (making a grand total of 9 missed contests) before he can make his official debut against Western Kentucky on December 20th. The ruling from the NCAA was handed down after they found that Aaron’s family received extra housing benefits somewhere along the way during his high school career. The official release from UofL did not state exactly what those benefits were, but obviously it was nothing major since he was ultimately cleared. Aaron has been able to practice with the team thus far, so he should be able to step in and contribute at the 2 and 3 spots, respectively, right off the bat. He still needs to gain weight and play with a little more aggression, but the foundation for a great player are most certainly there. Remember, this is a consensus top-30 player that also appeared in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game and averaged 20 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game en route to leading his Rainer Beach team to the Washington State 3-A Championship last year.
Everyone can finally take a breath of relief.
University of Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron can make his debut with the Cardinals’ men’s basketball team on Dec. 20 when U of L plays at Western Kentucky.
During Aaron’s NCAA amateurism certification for initial eligibility, it was determined that his family received extra benefits related to housing. He must sit out the first nine games — 30 percent of the season — and will have repayment and community service hours to fulfill his reinstatement.
A 6-7 freshman from Seattle, Wash., Aaron has missed the Cardinals’ first seven games and will remain on the bench for UofL’s game against Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic tonight and for Sunday’s home game against UNC Wilmington. He has continued to practice with the team while awaiting completion of the NCAA process.