Forward won't be eligible until second semester

Updated: July 8, 2003, 11:40 AM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Forward Danny Granger was cleared by the NCAA to play for the New Mexico basketball team next season, following his transfer from Bradley that resulted in rules violations.

Granger quit Bradley's team in January. He is not eligible to play until the second semester because he is required to sit out one full year from the time he transferred.

Granger averaged 19.2 points a game last season.

"We are excited about the contribution that Danny will make to our program," McKay said. "He has already made an impact on our players and this community with his personality and demeanor."

New Mexico was found guilty of secondary violations in the events that brought Granger to the school and will face a number of penalties, the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune reported Tuesday.

Lobos head coach Ritchie McKay acknowledged in March that assistant coach Duane Broussard violated an NCAA rule that prohibits contact between coaches at one school and athletes at another. The Lobos reported the violation in the spring, and an NCAA official visited New Mexico to interview Broussard.

New Mexico will lose two days of recruiting this month as a penalty, the university said. Broussard also will attend a compliance seminar and will not be allowed to make recruiting calls this month.

Granger is paying his way to New Mexico through the first semester next season because Bradley has refused to release him from his scholarship.

"It's a relief," Granger told the Albuquerque Journal. "I felt I had valid reasons for leaving (Bradley). I should have been released, but all of that's behind me. I just want to play basketball. I'm just glad the NCAA reinstated me."


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