Mississippi State has been waiting for several months for a decision on the eligibility of junior point guard Dee Bost.
They may not have to wait much longer for a final result.
According to sources close to the situation, the Starkville Daily News has learned Mississippi State officials have had discussions with the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee this week and expects to hear a decision this week on whether Bost can be considered a student-athlete.
Mississippi State officials had no comment on the issue Monday but ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz reported Monday the NCAA had questions about a payment for workouts in Las Vegas for a three-week period while he was preparing for the 2010 NBA Draft.
According to reports, noted professional trainer Joe Abunassar worked with Bost and has also worked with former Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado.
"On average, the NCAA receives more than 2,000 reinstatement cases and waiver requests annually,” NCAA spokesman Stacey Osburn said in a standard e-mail statement Tuesday. “To ensure we are examining these cases in a manner that is fair to the student-athletes, these requests are prioritized, when necessary, based on the next date of competition that could be impacted by the decision. Also, as you know, many times there are more details regarding these cases than what has been reported in the media."
Bost has told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via text message that the Las Vegas trip was paid for by his grandfather.
Part of Bost’s attempt for reinstatement included enrolling in MSU summer and fall session courses and he is still allowed to be on financial aid while the case is still pending.
Bost, a 6-foot-2 point guard, was coming off a sophomore season averaging 13 points, 5.2 assists per game and 4.4 rebounds per game. To withdraw from the 2010 NBA Draft process, Bost had until 4 p.m. on May 8 to submit paperwork to the NBA office and MSU compliance office, which he failed to do in time.
Katz wrote his sources told him the confusion on Bost’s amateur status being in question was that he thought he could return to school and play at MSU if he wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft.
However, multiple sources told the Starkville Daily News during the day of the deadline, Bost was properly informed by numerous school officials and coaches of the necessity to make a decision one way or another before the 4 p.m. deadline. This way MSU could, and subsequently did not make part of its appeal that he was not properly informed throughout the situation.
This is the first case in NCAA history of a men's college basketball player challenging the new draft withdraw deadline that was moved up from its original date in mid-June. Therefore, there is no case precedent for either side to argue on in this situation.
"You asking my opinion on something you don't have zero control of at this point," Rick Stansbury said during a Southeastern Conference media teleconference on June 28. "It's a setback at this point. I don't know much. It's at a stage where they're trying to put everything together. It's a first-time rule so we hope there's some leniency.”
If the NCAA rules Bost is eligible for the 2010-11 season, Mississippi State would be at the NCAA allotted limit of 13 scholarship players.
If Bost is ruled ineligible to play, Mississippi State will likely turn to a number of guards that didn’t play a minute last season.
Redshirt sophomore Twany Beckham, who missed last season after surgery to both hips and was plagued his first season in Starkville with a foot injury, has been medically cleared to play and will compete with junior-college transfer Brian Bryant. Bryant, a 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 20.5 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, shot 44.7 percent from the field and shot 64.7 percent from the free throw line in his last two years at Northwest Florida State College.