Jabari Brown has the green light to take the court Friday when the Oakland High boys basketball team faces Oakland Tech.
The star junior transfer from Findlay Prep-Henderson, Nev., who played his first two years at Salesian, was declared eligible Monday by California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Marie Ishida.
Brown was ruled eligible per the Oakland Section’s hardship ruling, according to an e-mail from Oakland Athletic League commissioner Michael Moore, Sr. The details of the hardship were not made public.
“I think for the young man it’s just a big weight off his shoulders,” Oakland coach Orlando Watkins said. “We have a lot of love for Jabari and we saw the damage this did to him. When I told him, he was super ecstatic.”
Brown’s eligibility was challenged after playing in two games for Oakland because he did not make a valid residency change and was playing for a second school this season. He’s sat out the past three games for the Wildcats, who are currently 11-9 overall and 3-0 and in first place in the OAL.
Brown will be limited to 26 regular season games. Since he played in 19 at Findlay Prep and two with the Wildcats, he will have to sit for two of Oakland’s remaining seven games. He will be eligible for any postseason contests and Watkins confirmed he’ll plan to have him in the lineup for Friday’s 6 p.m. game at Tech.
“He’s been waiting long enough,” Watkins said.