Some more information on the Jabari Brown situation after returning from Oakland’s 65-63 win over Fremont that puts the Wildcats in sole possession of first place. The CIF has told Oakland High and Oakland Section officials that a decision is expected by Wednesday. Oakand doesn’t play again until next Friday — a make-up of Wednesday’s “rained out” game when the roofs at both Oakland High and Oakland Tech were leaking — so we’ll know in advance of the Wildcats next game if Brown will finally get to suit up. It’s certainly been a frustrating situation for all involved. After today’s game ended, Brown took a beeline toward the lockerroom while the rest of his teammates shook hands with Fremont. Oakland coach Orlando Watkins expressed those frustrations.
“It’s frustrating because the kid didn’t do anything wrong,” Watkins said. “His parents didn’t do anything wrong. We submitted the paperwork and the OAL approved it.”
Less than two hours from tip-off of today’s Oakland Athletic League showdown between Fremont and Oakland, there is still no decision from the California Interscholastic Federation on the transfer of Jabari Brown. Brown, who was ruled eligible for play by the Oakland Section before his eligibility was challenged, played in two games for Oakland and averaged 29.5 in those games, has sat at the past two for the Wildcats while awaiting word on his eligibility. We’re all stuck playing the waiting game right now. I’ll be up at Oakland High tonight, so I’d expect to find out more information if it becomes available in the next couple of hours.