Academics sideline former Hobbs star

Updated: August 27, 2003, 4:59 PM ET

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former University of Arizona men's basketball player Chris Dunn could regain his eligibility to play at Arizona as soon as this coming January.

Dunn and his mother were in Tucson on Tuesday looking at Pima Community College, though he is already enrolled in Cochise College in Douglas.

"I think he is going to go to a junior college and try to regain his eligibility without playing basketball this year. And Pima is an option," Cochise coach Jerry Carrillo told the Tucson Citizen Tuesday.

Last week, university officials said the 6-foot-6 power forward was ineligible to attend classes at UA, though no reason was given.

UA coaches have declined comment on Dunn's situation, citing student privacy rights.

Arizona associate athletic director Bill Morgan said generally a student athlete could return to a university in a semester or a year as long as he met the 12-credit-hour and academic requirements at a junior college.

Dunn could play at Arizona at the start of the spring semester if he cleared his academic requirements. He would miss nine non-league games before the Pac-10 season begins Jan. 3.

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