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10-30-2007, 11:52 AM

NCAA bans new WSU player
Boeke played on a professional team in Germany

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State basketball player Fabian Boeke has been banned from playing this season by the NCAA because he played on a professional team in Germany, the team said Friday.

Boeke, of Kummerfeld, Germany, played four seasons with the Ehingen Club team, a mix of high school and older players.

Members of that club team, but not Boeke, received stipends that the NCAA determined were above necessary expenses. The NCAA decided the Ehingen team was a professional organization and banned Boeke, who is a freshman recruit.

"This is an unfortunate situation because Fabian paid his way to go to high school and competed on the club team affiliated with his school," WSU coach Tony Bennett said. "To Fabian's knowledge, and ours, he was competing on a team that would not jeopardize his amateur status.

"We will do everything we can to have Fabian's eligibility restored," Bennett said.

Boeke can continue practicing with the team.


Pearl allows Crews to practice
Sophomore was suspended from team for a monthKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has allowed forward Duke Crews to start practicing with the team after serving a monthlong suspension.

The sophomore practiced as part of the Volunteers' scout team over the weekend, a team spokesman said.

Pearl told The Knoxville News Sentinel that he suspended Crews on Sept. 26 for being late to several team functions and because a resident assistant's search of Crews' campus apartment turned up what university police said was a minor amount of marijuana.

Crews wasn't present for the search of the apartment that he shares with other students. No charges were filed.

"Duke did well, and he was in pretty good shape considering the month away from the team," Pearl told the newspaper. "It was good to have him back. He'll stay on the scout team this week in preparation for our first exhibition game with California-Pennsylvania."

Pearl did not indicate whether Crews would appear in the Vols' opening exhibition game Friday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

A sophomore from Hampton, Va., Crews averaged 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds while leading the Vols in blocked shots (32) and field goal percentage (.518) as a true freshman in 2006-07.

Tennessee is coming off a 24-11 season and a trip to NCAA regional semifinals. The Vols return four starters, and a media panel predicted last week they would win the Southeastern Conference this season.

10-30-2007, 02:19 PM
Wow, from what I heard, Boeke was supposed to be quite a player. Tough loss.


10-30-2007, 02:32 PM
Duke Crews completes Tennessee, making them all the more legit and tougher. That'll be a great game. Kudos to Pearl for scheduling the Zags.