I’m sure a lot of people are wondering what’s going on with the Jabari Brown situation, so I figured I’d update as best I currently know. For those who don’t know, Brown is a former Salesian star who transferred in the summer to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., and then recently returned home to Oakland and enrolled at Oakland High, playing in two games before being forced to sit out the past two.
I spoke today with the commissioners of the Oakland and North Coast Section. The word from NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon was that he was alerted by multiple parties that the Jabari Brown transfer from Findlay Prep to Oakland High might not have followed all of the CIF bylaws regarding transfers. As a “professional courtesy,” Lemmon said he alerted the Oakland Section. Speaking with Oakland Section commissioner Michael Moore, Sr., he said Brown’s eligibility has been appealed to the CIF and the section is waiting to hear back on his eligibility from CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida. Moore said the section has sent in any and all necessary paperwork regarding the appeal and appeared confident Brown would be declared eligible, saying “We’re confident that young Mr. Brown will be back on the court very soon.” He said the section is expected a decision “soon” from Ishida.
As soon as I hear more on the subject, I’ll post it.
I spoke with the Oakland Section and some final paperwork was faxed today to CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida, who told the section that she would try to get them a decision today. Since Oakland High’s game against Oakland Tech was postponed (see above post), it’s not as urgent to get the decision today, but it should be made by tomorrow at the latest it appears. The paperwork is regarding a “non-athletic hardship,” according to Oakland Section eligibility coordinator Johnny Lorigo, who is confident that Jabari Brown will be cleared.