UNLV issued a statement on Wednesday morning saying that freshman Derrick Jones Jr. still had not been cleared to play by the NCAA for the team’s Mountain West Tournament opener with Air Force.
The 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward is second on the Rebels in scoring with an average of 11.5 points per game and second in blocked shots (43) behind fellow freshman Stephen Zimmerman Jr. (50).
Jones was declared ineligible on Wednesday by the NCAA after his ACT score was invalidated.
Update to media regarding Derrick Jones Jr.
As you know, UNLV filed a waiver to the NCAA regarding Derrick Jones Jr.’s ineligibility in an effort to get him reinstated. On Tuesday, the NCAA notified UNLV that relief was granted to allow him to resume practicing and receive aid (room and board). However, the NCAA has not cleared him to compete in games. UNLV is continuing to appeal for complete relief.
DERRICK JONES JR. PHOTO BY SAM MORRIS/LAS VEGAS NEWS BUREAU